September 29, 2021

Orders declaring parentage and role of best interests of the child taken up at September parentage committee meetings

BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee held two meetings in September. Both meetings continued the committee’s focus on section 31 of the Family Law Act, which gives the court authority to make orders declaring parentage. While such orders aren’t required in British Columbia (in contrast to other provinces, which often have legislation Read more…

August 31, 2021

Parentage project committee continues its review of court declarations of parentage

At this month’s meeting of BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee the committee continued its review of section 31 of the Family Law Act, which deals with the court’s powers to make an order declaring parentage. Since section 31 came into force, it has been the focus of many court decisions Read more…

July 29, 2021

Parentage project committee considers court declarations of parentage

BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee has been meeting monthly over the course of this year. At its most recent meeting—held in July 2021—it completed its overview of the legal, medical, and social dimensions of parentage, by examining processes for surrogacy, donors, and multi-parent families. In the meeting, the committee also Read more…

May 27, 2021

A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Locked-in retirement accounts and life income funds

This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue Since the advent of the Family Law Act, case law has consistently Read more…

May 13, 2021

A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Private annuities

This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue When the Family Law Act was enacted, a new provision was added Read more…