December 22, 2022

Parentage committee discusses inheritance and parentage for posthumously conceived children

In December, BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee continued its discussion of posthumous conception. The committee focused on one issue relating to who can be named a parent for a posthumously conceived child under BC’s Family Law Act and two issues relating to inheritance for posthumously conceived children under BC’s Read more…

December 15, 2022

Parentage committee discusses parentage of posthumously conceived children

In November, BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee started discussing the topic of posthumous conception. Posthumous conception occurs when a child is conceived using assisted reproduction after one of their parents has died. This can occur either through a person’s sperm or eggs being removed from their body after death, Read more…

November 18, 2022

Parentage committee considers whether counselling should be required in connection with agreements under part 3 of the Family Law Act

At its second committee meeting in October 2022, BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee considered whether parties to an agreement respecting parentage under part 3 of the Family Law Act should be required to obtain psychosocial counselling in connection with that agreement. Counselling differs from independent legal advice, which is Read more…

October 26, 2022

Parentage Committee Completes Its Review Of Surrogacy Arrangements

At its latest committee meeting—held earlier this month—BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee tackled a pair of emerging issues concerning the law of parentage and surrogacy arrangements. These issues may point to some gaps in part 3 of the Family Law Act that may need to be filled with new Read more…

August 18, 2022

Parentage committee starts discussion on surrogacy and independent legal advice

This month, the Parentage Law Reform Project Committee focused on two issues: surrogacy and independent legal advice. Should conception by sexual intercourse be permitted for traditional surrogacy? Section 29 of the Family Law Act governs surrogacy. Surrogacy is when a person carries a child for someone else. There are two Read more…