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BC’s new Family Law Act

On November 14, 2011, a new BC Family Law Act was introduced to the legislature for first reading. This act, if passed, will place the best interests of children first when making any decision involving a child, clarify parental responsibilities and division of assets after relationship breakdown (including common-law relationships), address family violence issues, and encourage families to resolve disputes out of court. The new act will replace the Family Relations Act, which was introduced in 1978.

It’s expected that the new act will come into force within the next 12 – 18 months.

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Stay tuned to the ELAN blog, where we’ll be running a series of entries to highlight the changes coming to family law as a result of this legislation in the coming months.

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