Family Law in BC for Settlement Workers - Full Presentation (Apr 2019)

[1:35:48] Lawyer Hannah DeJong explains separation & divorce, parenting, guardianship and more as she introduces Family Law in BC. For community workers, settlement workers, and others who assist families with legal issues.

Topics include:

  • Introduction: Emotions and challenges in Family Law; what is a spouse in BC law?
  • Parenting: What must parents decide? What laws apply? Best interests of the child; guardianship
  • Child Support: Obligations and guidelines; types of child support; support for adult children
  • Spousal Support: Objectives; entitlement; amount and duration
  • Property and Debt: Property division entitlements and timelines; what is family property? Family debt; excluded property
  • Dispute Resolution: Costs of court and alternatives; Family Law Act; dispute resolution options (negotiation, mediation; mediation-arbitration; collaborative law; litigation); unbundled legal services.
  • Family Law Resources: free websites and print materials

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Legal Aid BC helps all British Columbians with serious family, child protection, immigration, and criminal law issues. We give free legal information to everyone, and advice and lawyer services to eligible British Columbians.

Credits: Presentation by Hannah M. DeJong, Boughton Law, with an introduction by Baljinder Gill, Legal Aid BC. Filmed by Focus Audio Visual Ltd. for Legal Aid BC. Edited by Paul Donovan, Focus Audio Visual Services Ltd., and Karen Dhanda, Legal Aid BC. Production and publication coordinated by Kate Murray, Ella Droko, Baljinder Gill, Brian Goncalves, and Bridget Greenwood, Legal Aid BC.


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