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The place to start searching for the answer to your BC family law practice question!
This publication is essential as: a learning resource for junior family lawyers and a reference for all other family law practitioners.
Current to: April 1, 2017
The British Columbia Family Practice Manual is the place to start searching for the answer to your BC family law practice question. Rather than being focused on substantive law, this long-standing publication updated annually by esteemed family law practitioners and judiciary provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of family law practice through detailed discussion on steps to take, processes and procedures, and forms to use in every practice scenario.
With this resource, you will have quick access to:
- step-by-step guidance on topics such as: conducting a family law practice, working towards settlement, obtaining interim relief, conducting a trial, challenging agreements, enforcing orders, and dealing with adoption
- over 200 family law forms and precedents to save you time (available as downloads or on a CD)
- file management checklists to help you effectively maintain your family law files
- fully searchable text with links to full-text cases and legislation via online access (ONLINE ONLY annual subscriptions also available here)
“BC Family Practice Manual is like Wikipedia for family law. I use it as a starting point whenever I encounter a situation that I don’t usually deal with. For example, I recently had a case involving foreign assets, and I went to BCFP first. I also use the precedents as reference material when I have a peculiar order that I usually wouldn’t draft in daily family law practice. ” – Family Law Associate
Highlights of the 2017 update
- discussion of significant British Columbia Court of Appeal and British Columbia Supreme Court decisions over the past year, including decisions regarding:
- methods for the enforcement of disclosure obligations
- the treatment of “excluded property”
- the test for “change of circumstances” on variation applications
- contractual interpretation of matrimonial agreements, the circumstances which will justify setting aside an agreement, and the meaning of “significant unfairness”
- remedies for the denial of parenting time
- parentage applications in surrogacy arrangements
- the broad interpretation of “family violence” under the Family Law Act
- when the court will act under s. 74 of the Family Law Act, and the meaning of “serious harm”
- when the obligation to pay spousal support will survive death of the payor
- treatment regarding new processes and statutory provisions, including:
- the procedure for divorces under the Civil Marriage Act
- the new Adoption Amendment Act, 2017
- obtaining and serving protection orders
- the new Canada Child Benefit
All features, including Commentary, Case and Statute Tables, Forms and Precedents, Practice Directions, and Limitation Periods.
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CLEBC Legal Editor