Introduction to Family Law (3:I)
A. Note on the Family Law Act and this Manual
On March 18, 2013, British Columbia’s Family Law Act [FLA] came into force. The FLA is the culmination of many years of research and policy development, and has transformed British Columbia family law dramatically .
The current Manual chapter deals primarily with the FLA rather than the previous Family Relations Act [FRA]. If you are starting a legal challenge in family law now or in the future, the FLA will apply to your case. However, if you made a claim for property division before the FLA came into force (March 18, 2013), then those claims will be decided under the FRA; all of your other claims (such as for parenting arrangements, child support, spousal support) will be dealt with under the FLA, or the Divorce Act (DA), if it applies.
If your case still involves the FRA, we encourage you to look at an older version of this Manual, as we will not deal with the FRA in this version.
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