Overlapping Legal Issues and Family Law

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Parenting arrangements, support payments, and the division of property are the everyday issues that crop up when a relationship breaks down. A whole host of other legal issues fall under the family law umbrella, however. And it's a big umbrella. For example, many financial, insurance, and tax planning issues arise when new relationships are formed or existing ones end. The ripples of family law unrest are drivers in business and shareholders agreements. Even the textbooks on animal law consider how pets are dealt with when spouses split up. And on it goes, deep into the legal debates and constitutional questions surrounding religious freedom and family law, which illustrate the historical connection between religion, families as a concept, and civil society. Most of this rich variety and overlap is not covered by this resource.

This chapter takes a look at a selection of relatively common legal questions that are also family law problems. It talks about issues affecting:

Again, this is not a comprehensive list of all the overlapping issues someone with a family law problem might encounter.

Resources and links


  • Courthouse Libraries BC operates 29 branches in courthouses around BC. All branches have public computers with legal databases essential for researching unique or overlapping legal issues, and the librarians staff a 1-800 number and an email service through which anyone in BC can ask a legal information question.

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Mark Norton and Bob Mostar, June 24, 2019.

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