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 2018 update

Discussion of:

  • the meaning and scope of “family violence,” with review of recent jurisprudence (CH 2)
  • new case law regarding tests to apply and evidence to adduce on relocation applications (CH 2)
  • new case law considering assessment of income for support purposes, including high income individuals, historical patterns of income, imputation of income, and self-sufficiency (CH 3)
  • revised summary and review of developing law on excluded property, and effect of transfers of excluded property to the spouse during the relationship (CH 4)
  • the presumptive property valuation date of the trial date under Family Law Act (“FLA”) s. 87, and circumstances that displace the presumption (CH 4)
  • further developments in interpreting “significant unfairness” in the context of FLA s. 95 (CH 4)
  • when a court will order interim disposition of assets or sale of property (CH 8)
  • developing jurisprudence regarding consequences for non-disclosure of property, documents, or income, and appropriate steps to pursue compliance (CH 2, 8, and 9)

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 British Columbia, Vancouver
Jeffrey A. Rose, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver
The Honourable Mr. Justice John Savage — The Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Vancouver

Kelsey Beazer — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Fiona M. Beveridge — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver
Elizabeth Cameron — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Chantal Cattermole — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver 
Lindsey Cruickshank — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, 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
Anna Laing — Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Delia J. Ramsbotham — Sunrise Family Services Society, North Vancouver
Kimberley Santerre — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
Clare M. Sparks  — Quadra Legal Centre, 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