Articles tagged “Family Law Mediation”:

Families Change: The Unbreakable Bond of Parenting

A recent key speaker was Professor Patrick Parkinson an internationally recognized expert on children and divorce and a family law professional who brings a perspective of many years as a legal scholar, researcher, and family law reformer.  Professor Parkinson is one of the world’s leading family law academics, with a particular expertise on parenting after separation, child support and complex property matters.  His books include the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011) and The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008). He is a professor of law at the University of Sydney Law School and a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts.


Prof. Parkinson spoke on February … Read more »

Significant Changes To The Rights Of Children, Their Parents, Guardians, And Property Trustees Under the BC Family Law Act


On March 18, 2013 British Columbians will see the old Family Relations Act repealed and the new Family Law Act come into force. Under the new Act, parents who lived together after their child was born will both be the child’s guardians. While the child’s parents are living together and after the child’s parents separate, each parent is the child’s guardian. A parent will cease being a child’s guardian if the parents agree in writing or the court orders otherwise. Guardians ensure that a child is personally cared for and are responsible make decisions about the child’s home, education, health, and religion, and their financial and legal interests.


The new Family Law Act allows guardians to … Read more »

Let Us Help You Get Ready For The New BC Family Law

British Columbians are fortunate to have a new Family Law Act which will take effect on March 18, 2013.  The Family Law Act will replace the present Family Relations Act which has been in effect since the late 1970s.  Among the most significant changes is the new Family Law Act:

Strongly encourages spouses who separate to use alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or collaborative law process instead of the court processes.  Why move family law cases out of the court system and into mediation or collaborative law?  Because the research shows that spouses who separate and use the mediation or collaborative law are more satisfied with their separation agreements and learn effective co-parent skills.  The court system … Read more »