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 2022 Update include:

  • new case law on collusion, annulment, and addition of non-family law claims
  • new section providing guidance and case law on tort claims in family law proceedings, including the torts of conspiracy and family violence
  • updated discussion and case law on parenting issues, including status quo, the impacts of family violence, and relocation
  • updated analysis and case law on child support issues such as children over the age of majority, retroactive orders (including retroactive variation), the determination and imputation of income, and cancellation of arrears
  • new sections on bankruptcy and family property claims and bankruptcy and spousal support
  • new discussion of non-placement adoptions
  • updated discussion and case law on property division, including reapportionment, interim distributions, and unjust enrichment
  • updated analysis and case law on spousal support issues, including determination of income, security, and “marriage-like relationships”
  • updated discussion on protection orders given new procedures under the Family Law Act, Supreme Court Family Rules, and Provincial Court Family Rules
  • new discussion and cases on evidence, including with respect to parenting coordinators, family justice counsellors, expert evidence, and unsworn evidence
  • new case law on family law agreements (including unfairness, repudiation, and unenforceability), injunctive relief (including interim distributions and investigative receivers), discovery and financial disclosure, costs (including remedies under s. 213 of the Family Law Act, departing from the “general rule,” and offers to settle), and child protection

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

Fiona M. Beveridge — Fiona Beveridge Family Law, Vancouver
Alex Boland — Connect Family Law, Kelowna
Leneigh Bosdet — Pushor Mitchell LLP, Kelowna
Colin P. Galinski — Galinski Pension and Benefits Law Corporation, Vancouver
Anna Laing — Farris LLP, Vancouver
Delia Jane Ramsbotham — Sunrise Family Services Society, Vancouver
Amanda Winters — Farris LLP, Vancouver


1. Overview of Family Law Claims
2. Parenting and Care of Children
3. Child Support
4. Property under the Family Law Act
5. Pension Division under the Family Law Act
6. Spousal Support
7. Family Law Agreements
8. Injunctive Relief in Family Law
9. Discovery and Financial Disclosure in Family Law
10. Evidence in Family Law Matters
11. Procedural Alternatives in Family Law
12. Costs in Family Law
13. Testamentary Issues in Family Law
14. Protection of Children
15. Adoption


Case Table
Statute Table and Related Material 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, KC, Partner, Hamilton Fabbro