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 2021 Update include:

  • discussion of the March 2021 amendments to the Divorce Act and resulting case law, including decisions under the amended relocation provisions
  • new section providing guidance and case law on pleadings in family law proceedings
  • new case law on parenting issues, including decision-making authority, views of the child, parenting schedules, and orders for therapeutic intervention
  • updated discussion and case law on child support issues such as children over the age of majority, special and extraordinary expenses, retroactive orders, and the determination of income
  • updated discussion on property division, including new commentary on tax issues, and new cases addressing tracing, closing costs for the sale of a family residence, pets as excluded property, and settlements/awards of damages, among other things
  • updated analysis and case law on spousal support issues, including determination of income, lump sum support orders, material changes in circumstances, and “marriage-like relationships”
  • new discussion and key cases on the role of parenting coordinators, and updated commentary and case law on dispute resolution processes in family law
  • new case law on family law agreements, injunctive relief, disclosure procedure, and costs

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