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Abuse in relationships includes behaviour ranging from threats to physical or sexual assault, and may also include harmful financial, emotional, and verbal actions. Abuse can be physical, emotional or verbal, psychological, sexual, and/or financial.
When you adopt a child, you take over parenting, usually from the birth parent(s), who stop having any parental rights and responsibilities (unless it's a step-parent adoption, where the step-parent becomes a joint parent with the birth parent). This process creates new and permanent family ties.
- Child protection/removal
If a child's safety is at risk, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (or delegated Aboriginal agency) must look into it. If necessary, the ministry must take the child from the home.
- Common-law relationships
The term "common-law relationship" is often used to refer to a marriage-like relationship that has lasted a certain length of time, usually one or two years. Used in some federal laws to refer to a marriage-like relationship of a year or longer.
- Divorce & separation
Divorce is the end of a legal marriage. To get a divorce, you must go through a legal process and get a court order that says the marriage has ended. Separation is the first step of that process.
- Parenting, custody & access
Parenting includes contact with a child, guardianship, parental responsibilities, and parenting time (BC Family Law Act); and access and custody (federal Divorce Act), and covers who has the right and responsibility to make decisions about the child, and guardians' and non-guardians' time with the child.
- Support — child
Money paid by one parent or guardian to another parent or guardian as financial support for the children after separation.
- Support — spousal
Money paid by one spouse to the other spouse as financial support.