A new approach to resolving family disputes in BC Provincial Court is being implemented in Surrey and Victoria on December 7, 2020. It makes trying to resolve disputes by agreement the first step in the court process, rather than just an alternative to court. It also recognizes the importance of assessing each family’s needs and helping them navigate court procedures when those are needed.
The 1992 movie “My Cousin Vinnie” has been described as one of the greatest legal movies of all time, not because of the acting (although Marisa Tomei did win an Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role), or the clothing choices of Vinny Gambini (played by Joe Pesci).
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.