Top 6 procedural considerations in Provincial or Supreme courts in British Columbia family law

Winding Roller Coaster

Knowing whether Supreme Court of Provincial Court is better suited to resolving your family law case might save you time, money, and stress. The procedure each court uses to resolve claims is an important factor in getting a fair and fast result. Below are six important similarities and differences between Provincial and Supreme Court. Continue reading “Top 6 procedural considerations in Provincial or Supreme courts in British Columbia family law”

Jurisdiction in British Columbia family law: know which court can make the order you need

In British Columbia, there are two main courts that handle actions: Supreme Court, and Provincial Court. Provincial Court is more limited in what it can do (its ‘jurisdiction’ is smaller), so knowing the difference between the two can be the difference between getting what you want, and not. Continue reading “Jurisdiction in British Columbia family law: know which court can make the order you need”

BC Family Justice

Systematic and Cultural Change, and the FLA

Just after our province’s Family Law Act, SBC 2011, c 25 (“FLA”) came into force in March 2013, the Canadian Forum for Civil Justice (“CFCJ”) called for “systematic and cultural changes to the way we resolve family conflicts,” saying that Canadian family law is “highly evolved and comprehensive… , [but] the procedures by which this substantive law is invoked are increasingly complex, unaffordable and inaccessible, [and] [w]ithout access to the mechanisms to implement them, the substantive rules have limited value.” The crux of access to justice issues is that however theoretically good rules are, if they don’t create practical benefit to citizens, they aren’t doing their job.

Access to Justice in family law is especially important because Continue reading “BC Family Justice”