British Columbia Family Practice Manual

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Your A to Z guide family law practice and procedure

This publication is essential for: lawyers who need to understand family law practice and procedure.

There are many decisions to make about how to proceed in a family law file—which Act applies, should you mediate or start an action, and which court should you proceed in practice and procedure along the way. Let the British Columbia Family Practice Manual be your guide to the choices to make, the steps to follow in a process, the time limits that govern, and the forms you need to complete.

With analysis of case law on procedural issues as well as specialized chapters on indigenous family law issues, adoption, and child protection, this manual provides you with the direction you need to confidently advise and manage your family law clients’ issues.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • smoothly navigate family law processes such as settlement, obtaining interim relief, trial and trial alternatives, obtaining costs, drafting and enforcing orders, and appeals
  • save time drafting court documents by accessing over 200 family law forms and precedents
  • effectively maintain your family law files by using file management checklists

Buy today and have the support you need to run your family law practice!

Highlights of the 2022 Update:

  • discussion of significant decisions over the past year, including Colucci v. Colucci, 2021 SCC 24
  • updates regarding new and amended statutory provisions, processes, forms, and precedents relevant to family practice
  • revised discussion and recent case law on summary trials in family law cases
  • commentary on Supreme Court Family Rule Form F102, Statement of Information for Corollary Relief Proceeding
  • new costs decisions, new discussion on assessing expenses pursuant to Rule 16-2, and addition of Form F71.1 List of Expenses to the Forms and Precedents section
  • updated discussion on the Canada child benefit and tax credits incidental to parenting
  • new commentary on standard of review for arbitral awards and parenting coordinator determinations
  • commentary on the federal United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, amendments to the Child, Family and Community Service Act related to An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, and updated case law on Indigenous family law issues
  • new discussion on court enforcement of Divorce Act orders
  • updated instructions on e-filing at the Court of Appeal

Editorial Board 

The Honourable Madam Justice Margot Fleming — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Judge Robin McQuillan — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Todd R. Bell — Schuman Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver
Chantal M. Cattermole — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Annie C. Kaderly — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, Vancouver
Jane M. Reid — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver


Fiona M. Beveridge — Fiona Beveridge Family Law, Vancouver
Alex R.H. Chan — Henderson Heinrichs LLP, Vancouver
James M.W. Cudmore — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Cassandra E. Drake — Lindsay Kenney LLP, Vancouver
Fiona S. Gow — Ministry of Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, Victoria
David C. Halkett — McQuarrie Hunter LLP, Surrey
Julia M. Hibbard — Hayward Sheppard, Vancouver
Shelagh M. Kinney — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver
Lauren B. Morris — Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver
Delia Jane Ramsbotham — Sunrise Family Services Society, North Vancouver
Crystal Reeves — Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver
Angie Riano — Henderson Heinrichs LLP, Vancouver
Peter F. Schmidt — BTM Lawyers LLP, Port Moody
Clare Sparks — Horne Coupar LLP, Victoria
Brandon St. Pierre — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, Vancouver
Johanna M. Stein — Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver
Josephine Wong — Hayward Sheppard, Vancouver
Fanda Wu — Lindsay Kenney LLP, Vancouver

Volume 1

1. Conducting a Family Law Practice

2. Building Effective Relationships

3. Assessing the Legal Issues

4. Gathering Information

5. Working Toward Settlement

6. Recording a Settlement

7. Commencing Proceedings

8. Using Conferences Effectively

9. Obtaining Court-ordered Interim Relief

10. Obtaining Discovery

11. Using Alternatives to Trial

12. Conducting a Family Law Trial in Supreme Court

13. Obtaining Court-ordered Costs

14. Practising in Provincial Court

15. Drafting Supreme Court Orders

16. Varying Orders and Challenging Family Agreements in Supreme Court

17. Enforcing Orders and Agreements

18. Conducting Appeals of Supreme Court Orders

19. Child Protection Practice and Procedure

20. Adopting Procedure

21. Naming

22. Indigenous Family Law Issues

Volume 2


Forms and Precedents

Limitation Periods

Case Table
Statutes and Related Material Table

“It happens to all of us. You wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night with an issue running through your head. Who you gonna call? Don’t worry. Ease your mind. It will be okay. First thing in the morning, pull out CLEBC’s British Columbia Family Practice Manual. There you will find the answer.

Organized, in a practical format, is the latest information with respect to all of the elements of a family law case. Still feeling a bit uneasy? Look at the list of editorial board members and contributing authors. It is a “who’s who” of dispute resolution professionals in British Columbia. They have taken the time and applied their considerable expertise in ensuring the manual is up to date with references to the most current case authorities. The manual is a must have reference tool. Don’t delay! Get it now!”

Colin A. Millar, Q.Arb,  Partner, Richards Buell Sutton LLP