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Fiona Beveridge

Lawyer Watson Goepel LLP 1200 – 1075 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V6E 3C9 T: 604 688-1301 F: 604 688-8193 E: fbeveridge@watsongoepel.com W: watsongoepel.com Fee: Variable Fiona is Lawyer in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP. Fiona carries on a full family law practice and is accredited by the Law Society of BC … Continue reading Fiona Beveridge

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R.D.M. v. X.M.M., 2017 BCSC 1674

The father sought interim changes to parenting time of the parties’ four children, pending a trial. The children, ages 17,15,13 and 11, lived primarily with their mother. The children made allegations of family violence and sexual misconduct against the mother’s new spouse. An order was made that a Hear the Child report be done, and that the report preparer specifically ask each child whether there had been sexual misconduct …

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Children’s Views: Why they Matter in Court and Mediations. October 2017

In June of 2014, we wrote a feature for BarTalk called “Children’s Voices in Family Law Disputes.” That article spoke to the legislative requirement that parents, the courts and others “consider the child’s views, unless it would be inappropriate to consider them” (section 37(2)(b) of the Family Law Act [“FLA”]).

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Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward

December, 2017 Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward was a two-day national symposium that brought together a multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and dialogue about how the voices of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected and how their evidence is received in justice processes. The symposium,

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Leanne Harder, RSW

Social Worker Olive Branch Consulting Box 47084 City Square Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X0 T: 604 764 6433 E: leanne@olivebranchconsulting.com W: www.olivebranchconsulting.com Fees: $200.00 per hour plus GST. Initial HTC Retainer is $840.00. I have been working with families and children navigating conflict since 1995. Early in my career I worked in child welfare and with … Continue reading Leanne Harder, RSW

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T.J.G. v. A.D.G., 2017 BCSC 1511

Madam Justice Young referred to the M.P.D. decision and found that a Hear the Child report can be ordered pursuant to s. 202 of the Family Law Act. Madam Justice Young held that the threshold for ordering that a report under s. 211 was low, by implication indicating that …

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Child Inclusive Mediation: Research on Views of the Child Reports in Ontario

February 2017 There is a growing awareness of the importance of offering children an opportunity to participate in family dispute resolution processes, including mediation. There are several different ways to involve children in mediation . . . While there is no single “best way” to include the child in mediation, we conclude that Views of … Continue reading Child Inclusive Mediation: Research on Views of the Child Reports in Ontario

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M.P.D. v. C.R.D., 2017 BCSC 397

The judge discussed the legislative authority for ordering a Hear the Child report, noting that s. 211 of the Family Law Act does not envision a simple interview of the children without assessment. As sections 202, 37 and 224 were not cited to the judge, he concluded that …

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E.A.B. v. K.J.B., 2017 BCSC 1167

The parties had an 11 year old son. The father had medical issues, and the parties disagreed about how that affected their son’s best interests. They also had long-standing communication problems. The wife applied for an order that a s. 211 report be prepared. The husband applied for an order for a Hear the Child report. Master Bouck described the differences between the two types of reports, noting that …

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S.L.M.D. v. A.V.D., 2017 BCSC 394

The judge described this as a high conflict case. The parties had two minor children, aged 18 and 16, and they disagreed about parenting arrangements for the children. The court summarized a “views of the Child” report prepared by a member of the Hear the Child roster. The outcome was …

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