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