Category: In The News


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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Children’s Lawyer Initiative

JULY, 2016 The Law Foundation of British Columbia has designated funds of up to $600,000 for the creation of a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia. The purpose of the initiative is to support a two-year pilot project to establish a Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia. The Children’s Lawyer will provide direct legal services … Continue reading Children’s Lawyer Initiative

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Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth

MAY, 2016 The Representative for Children and Youth and the Law Foundation of BC are working together to inform children and youth in BC about legal resources and services available to them . . . [the] research into this issue and consultations with youth found that when children and youth have legal problems they often … Continue reading Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth

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Presumption of Child’s Views in New BC Law

BC has just unveiled its much anticipated proposed Family Law Act that makes the best interests of the child the sole consideration in deciding matters affecting the child. The proposed law Bill 16 – 2011 would require the child’s views to be considered “unless it would be inappropriate to consider them” in determining their best interests. This … Continue reading Presumption of Child’s Views in New BC Law

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Family law: New act puts children first during divorces

SANDRA MCCULLOCH / TIMES COLONIST 
MARCH 29, 2013 When Victoria lawyer Mary Mouat was called to the bar in 1988, she thought the best place for divorcing couples was in a courtroom, duking it out before a judge. “I truly believed that was the best thing for families, and I was not alone — that’s … Continue reading Family law: New act puts children first during divorces

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BC Court of Appeal Finds Trial Judge Failed to Give Appropriate Consideration to Child’s View

BC Court of Appeal finds trial judge failed to give appropriate consideration to child’s view. In Stav v Stav, 2012 BCCA 154, court relies on views of the child contained in Report prepared by Roster Member. See specific discussion at paragraphs 67 to 79 of the April 5, 2012 judgement. Read the full case at … Continue reading BC Court of Appeal Finds Trial Judge Failed to Give Appropriate Consideration to Child’s View

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BC Hear the Child Society Submits Final Report to the Vancouver Foundation

The BC Hear the Child Society submits its final report to the Vancouver Foundation as funder of the Hear the Child Education Project. Read the Final Report.

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Review parenting plans biannually to consider child’s views?

The following article appeared in the New York Times. OPINION In Whose Best Interests? By RUTH BETTELHEIM Published: May 19, 2012 IN divorced families, whose needs count for more: those of parents or those of children? Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber When parents divorce, their child custody plans are supposed to place the “best interests … Continue reading Review parenting plans biannually to consider child’s views?

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Ontario Developing Guidelines on Listening to Children

Canadian Lawyer Magazine recently published an article about developing guidelines for judges in Ontario who meet with and interview children in family law. Sometimes young people want to speak directly to a judge in family law cases. With this in mind, in 2010 Suzanne Williams from IICRD and an advisor to the BC Hear the … Continue reading Ontario Developing Guidelines on Listening to Children

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BC’s Family-Law Changes are Long Overdue

Read Trudi Brown’s article in the Victoria Times Colonist where she discusses the “three bombshells” of the proposed Family Law Act.

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