Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Major Changes Ahead for B.C. Family Law

The Province reports: B.C. proposes sweeping legal changes for separation, divorce, child custody:

Highlights of the government white paper on proposed changes to the Family Relations Act:

• Structure the law so that court is not the only implied starting point.

• Promote a broader range of non-court dispute resolution options.

• Adopt a conflict-prevention approach to family-law disputes.

• Increase the law’s ability to deal with family violence and safety issues.

• Use less adversarial terminology.

Also under consideration are revisions the the B.C. Family Relations Act that will provide common law spouses with the same property entitlements as married spouses, a parenting coordination focus with respect to child residency issues, and mandatory mediation by separating spouses prior to the commencement of court proceedings.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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