Parentage Law Reform Project Committee completes review of court orders declaring parentage at October 2021 meeting

29 October 2021

By Kevin Zakreski

At this month’s meeting of BCLI’s parentage committee, the committee completed its review of section 31 of the Family Law Act. This section deals with the powers of the BC Supreme Court to make an order declaring that a person is or is not a child’s parent. In its review, the committee considered several improvements to clarify the section.

The committee plans to address in future meetings other aspects of the court’s role in determining parentage, including its territorial jurisdiction and the place of the best interests of the child test in part 3 (parentage) of the Family Law Act.

The goal of these discussions is to develop tentative recommendations to reform part 3 for a public consultation to be held later in the life of the project.