Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia

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The efficient way to find key principles and cases in BC family law

This publication is essential for: all lawyers who need to understand and keep current on family law in BC.

Need to know the current state of the law on an issue in your family law file? Turn to the Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia first to get a complete understanding of the legal principles and leading case law on all of the issues you face in BC family law. For over 25 years, this is the trusted resource that the BC bench and bar keep at their fingertips.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • easily find the current law on issues such as care of children, child support, property division, pension division, spousal support, adoption, and child protection
  • quickly go to the leading cases so you can spend more time looking for specific decisions suited to your facts
  • understand the relationship between specific issues in the BC family law context

Buy today and save time finding your way through BC family law!

Highlights of the 2019 Update include:

  • alerts to pending Divorce Act amendments
  • new case law considering the views of the child in determining the best interests of the child (chapter 2)
  • new case law on the effect of transfer of ownership on excluded property, including a list or relevant facts the court considers when considering whether the transfer of excluded property was intended as a gift (chapter 4)
  • new case law on the division of property including: what constitutes family property, tracing principles, the effect of the presumption of advancement, the valuation date of property, and significant unfairness in the equal division of property (chapter 4)
  • new case law on the enforceability of oral agreements regarding property division (chapter 7)
  • new case law on penalties for failure to provide financial disclosure (chapter 9)
  • incorporation of amendments to the Child, Family and Community Service Act

Editorial Board
Scott L. Booth — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver
The Honourable Madam Justice Heather MacNaughton — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Jeffrey A. Rose, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver
The Honourable Mr. Justice Bruce Butler — Court of Appeal for BC, Vancouver

Kelsey Beazer — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Fiona M. Beveridge — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver
Elizabeth Cameron — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Lindsey A. Cruickshank — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
James Cudmore — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Colin P. Galinski — Galinski Pension and Benefits Law Corporation, Vancouver
Rosemary Gallo — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Briana J. Hardwick — Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP, Kelowna
Caitlin Heit — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Anna Laing — Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Kaja Marinic — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Stephaine Ovens — DLA Piper, Vancouver
Delia J. Ramsbotham — Sunrise Family Services Society, North Vancouver
Kimberley Santerre — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Lisa Slater — DLA Piper, Vancouver


  • Overview of Family Law Claims
  • Parenting
  • Child Support
  • Property under the Family Law Act
  • Pension Division under the Family Law Act
  • Spousal Support
  • Family Law Agreements
  • Discovery and Financial Disclosure in Family Law
  • Evidence in Family Law Matters
  • Procedural Alternatives in Family Law
  • Costs in Family Law
  • Testamentary Issues in Family Law
  • Protection of Children
  • Adoption


Case Table
Statute Table

“CLEBC’s Family Law Sourcebook is THE single most helpful resource in family law. It is an essential tool for any lawyer setting up their family law practice. I tell family law lawyers that this publication is the best starting point for researching family law issues.”

~ Lisa J. Hamilton, QC, Partner, Hamilton Fabbro