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BC Family Practice Manual--ONLINE ACCESS

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Your A to Z guide to family law practice and procedure

This publication is essential for: lawyers looking for instructions on family law practice and procedure.

Current to: April 1, 2018

Know the substantive law, but unsure about how to proceed on your family law file? British Columbia Family Practice Manual is the place to start searching for the answer to your BC family law practice question. Rather than focusing on substantive law, this long-standing publication is organized on a transactional basis and updated annually by esteemed family law practitioners and judiciary. It provides you with a comprehensive overview of family law practice through detailed discussion on steps to take, proper procedures, limitation periods, and forms to use in every practice scenario.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • smoothly navigate family law processes such as settlement, obtaining interim relief, trial and trial alternatives, obtaining costs, drafting and enforcing orders, and appeals

  • save time drafting court documents by accessing over 200 family law forms and precedents
  • effectively maintain your family law files by using file management checklists

Buy your copy and practice family law proficiently today!

Highlights of the 2018 update

  • discussion of significant BC Court of Appeal and BC Supreme Court decisions over the past year, including decisions regarding:

  • disclosure obligations

  • “excluded property”

  • the end of the presumption of advancement

  • relocation: criteria to consider and appropriate procedures

  • denial of parenting time: what constitutes denial, and remedies

  • BC Supreme Court’s inherent jurisdiction, including its parens patriae jurisdiction to fill legislative gaps

  • conflicts of laws pertaining to jurisdiction over family property claims

  • when occupation rent may be claimed

  • use of s. 211 reports

  • expert evidence: use of different types of experts and requirements of expert evidence

  • use of summary trials in family cases

  • appeals: standard of review and conduct of appeals from BC Provincial Court

  • arbitration: conduct of and appeals from awards

  • considerations in deciding whether BC Supreme Court or Provincial Court is the appropriate forum in light of remedies to be sought

  • updates regarding new processes and statutory provisions

  • updated consideration of alternative dispute resolution processes and “unbundled services”

  • updated forms and references to further resources relevant to family practice

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