When parents separate, Canadian law requires that both parents contribute to their children’s support. This usually means the parent who spends less time with a child pays “child support” to the parent who spends more time with the child. But who counts as a parent? How long do they have to pay? And how much?
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Note: Since May 2020, conferences in family and small claims matters are being conducted by telephone, audio- or video-conference. See Virtual conferences and hearings (by phone or video) for more information.
Kim is 14 years old, has never been in trouble with the law before, and stole a bag of candy from a store on a dare from a friend. Jaz is 15 years old, was sentenced for theft under $5,000 (shoplifting) six months ago, and has now pleaded guilty to another charge of theft from a store.
Changes to the way many disputes arising from motor vehicle accidents are resolved by BC courts take effect April 1, 2019. The BC Supreme Court still deals with vehicle accident claims larger than $50,000, but many claims for up to $50,000 related to injuries caused by vehicle accidents must now be taken to the online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).