JP Boyd on Family Law Contributors

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Courthouse Libraries BC is very grateful for the efforts of the many contributors to the current edition of JP Boyd on Family Law.

Editorial committee

JP Boyd
John-Paul Boyd,
www.jpboyd.com
John-Paul Boyd is the founding author of JP Boyd on Family Law and a member of the publication's editorial and advisory committees. He is also a member of the Clicklaw Wikibooks Advisory Committee. In September 2013, John-Paul became the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Calgary. He is well known as a litigator, arbitrator, collaborative practitioner, mediator and parenting coordinator from his days in private practice in Vancouver.

John-Paul is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Society of Family Law. He has served on the Attorney General's Family Law Act Advisory Group, the editorial board of the Continuing Legal Education Society's Family Practice Manual and the Provincial Court's Family Law Rules Committee.

John-Paul is a prolific writer and speaker on family law topics, and is a frequent presenter for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Family Law Program, the National Judicial Institute, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He teaches family law at the University of Calgary and his written work has been published by the U.B.C. Law Review, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family and the National Judicial Institute. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Canadian Journal of Family Law and the Alberta Legal Information Society. He is the author of Obtaining Reliable and Repeatable SSAG Calculations, published by the Department of Justice.

John-Paul has been listed by the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers since 2010 and is a recipient of the CBA's National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and the CBA British Columbia's Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award. In a 2012 report of the BC Public Legal Education and Information Working Group, John-Paul was named as one of the six major providers of public legal education on family law in BC, along with the Legal Services Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ministry of Justice, the University of Victoria Law Centre and the Justice Education Society. JP Boyd on Family Law is the successor to John-Paul's long-time public legal education website, JP Boyd's BC Family Law Resource (www.bcfamilylawresource.com), first published in 2001.




Megan Ellis, QC
Megan Ellis, QC, Megan Ellis & Company
www.ellisandcompany.ca
Megan Ellis, QC is a member of the Clicklaw Wikibooks Advisory Committee, and also helps as an editorial and advisory committee member for JP Boyd on Family Law where she reviews the chapter on Property & Debt. She is a senior British Columbia litigator with extensive experience in trial and appeal work. Her work includes precedent setting cases in both family law and civil claims for sexual abuse and assault, including the key family law decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Hartshorne v. Hartshorne, [2004] 1 SCR 550. She has practised family law for more than 20 years, and is one of the first lawyers in Canada to devote a significant part of her practice to pursuing claims on behalf of adult survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

Megan served on the Attorney General's Family Law Act Advisory Group, and has presented on family law topics at Continuing Legal Education Society of BC programs. She has been recognized with an appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2008, a UBC Law Alumni Award of Distinction (2012), and a Trial Lawyers' Association of BC Bar Award (2004). She is consistently recognized in Best Lawyers International® as a leading Canadian personal injury lawyer. She wrote public legal education materials to support herself while in law school.




Nate Russell
Nate Russell, Courthouse Libraries BC
courthouselibrary.ca
Nathaniel Russell is a liaison lawyer with Courthouse Libraries BC and the project coordinator of Clicklaw Wikibooks. He is the chair of the Clicklaw Wikibooks Advisory Committee and acts as volume editor for JP Boyd on Family Law and Legal Help for British Columbians. He was called to the BC Bar in 2006 and is a 2005 graduate of Dalhousie Law School. Nate practised family law and civil litigation at small firms prior to joining Courthouse Libraries BC to develop legal information and training resources and to better connect small firms and solo lawyers to new and traditional information resources. Nate is an active voice on law and technology topics through his weekly contributions on Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, and as a Pacific Legal Technology Conference advisory member. Prior to entering law, Nate worked as a communications consultant for internet startups and the CBC Television.




Contributors & reviewers

Taruna Agrawal
Taruna Agrawal, Lewis Agrawal Family & Immigration Law Group
lewisagrawal.lawyer
Taruna Agrawal is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Specific Communities. Taruna is the principal lawyer at Taruna Agrawal Law. She is rapidly building her practice in the areas of family and immigration law. Taruna is a supervising lawyer for the YWCA Violence prevention program and an active volunteer in the community. She has also worked as an advocate at various non-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland.




Shannon Aldinger
Shannon Aldinger, Family Law Lawyer & Mediator, Courtenay BC
Shannon Aldinger is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Resolving Family Law Problems in Court. She is a family law lawyer and mediator in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Shannon has practiced law since 1996, and has represented clients in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of BC and the BC Court of Appeal. She has extensive experience in all areas of family law practice including providing legal advice, negotiating settlements, and providing representation in court dealing with parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, division of property and debts, spousal assault torts, restraining orders, and family law agreements. She is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and a volunteer with the local Transition Society, as well as a past contributor to Dial-A-Law (CBABC), and a volunteer with the Women Lawyers Mentoring Program, Battered Women's Support Services, among others.




Rhaea Bailey
Rhaea Bailey, Legal Services Society
www.lss.bc.ca
Rhaea Bailey is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Specific Communities. Rhaea is a graduate of UBC Law, and was called to the BC Bar in 2010. She practices primarily family and child protection law in Vancouver, but she also travels outside of the Lower Mainland as a family law advice lawyer in clinics in Northern BC on a monthly basis. She has co-facilitated workshops with the Ending Violence Association of BC.




Todd Bell
Todd Bell, Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin
www.sdbrlaw.com
Todd Bell is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Specific Communities. Todd was called to the BC Bar in 2008, and obtained his law degree from UBC in 2007. He practices family law with Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin and practices primarily family litigation for families whose matters are not amenable or resolvable through other means. He has contributed to conferences and family law publications through the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, and is an adjunct faculty member at Allard School of Law at UBC.




David Dundee
David C. Dundee, Paul & Company
www.kamloopslaw.com
David C. Dundee is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Spousal Support. David is a lawyer and mediator with Paul & Company in Kamloops. David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1981, both from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the bar in 1982. He has practised family law for most of his career, and has focused primarily on family law since he came to Kamloops. He became a family law mediator in 1988.

In 2012 David was awarded the President’s Medal in part for his work with the Law Society of BC's Best Practice Guidelines for family law. He has been extensively involved with the Canadian Bar Association for many years in many capacities: as chair or co-chair of the Kamloops Family Law Section since 2001; as member of the CBA National Family Section since 2008; and currently as an officer of that section.

As acting chair of the Family Law Working Group since 2007, he was involved with submissions to government on the Family Law Act, and was invited by the Justice Ministry to participate in their family practice advisory group, which consulted on the introduction of the Family Law Act. David has also been active with the BC Continuing Legal Education Society for many years, having presented and written on several subjects, including as contributing editor to the Family Practice Manual and to their transition guide to the Family Law Act.




Andrea Glen
Andrea Glen, Hamilton Fabbro Lawyers
www.hamiltonfabbro.com
Andrea Glen is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Resolving Family Law Problems in Court. Andrea received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2004, and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2007, where she graduated magna cum laude. She was called to the New York State Bar in 2008 and the British Columbia Bar in 2011. She practiced commercial litigation and administrative law at firms in Vancouver and New York City and clerked for a judge in New York City before joining Hamilton Fabbro in 2013 where she now practices exclusively in the area of family law. She has appeared before every level of court in British Columbia, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also trained in collaborative law and particularly enjoys helping clients to resolve family law issues outside of the court process.

Andrea is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Subsection and is a contributing author to the Continuing Legal Education Society’s B.C. Family Practice Manual.




Beatrice McCutcheon
Beatrice McCutcheon, Cook Roberts LLP
www.cookroberts.bc.ca
Beatrice McCutcheon is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is responsible for the pages on Family Law Agreements. Bea was called to the BC Bar in 2003, and obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2002. She practices family law with Cook Roberts LLP. She is a member of Victoria's Collaborative Family Separation Professionals, a team of professionals who work with separating couples to resolve parenting and financial issues in a respectful process. Bea is a contributor to Family Law Agreements Annotated Precedents, a publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, and a co-author of "Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements: Drafting and Settings Aside Agreements under the FLA".




Taryn Moore
Taryn Moore, Pushor Mithcell LLP
www.pushormitchell.com
Taryn Moore is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Resolving Family Law Problems out of Court. She practices in Kelowna with Pushor Mitchell LLP providing family litigation in addition to a collaborative practice approach. Taryn is active in both the legal profession and the Okanagan Valley area. She is an active member with the Canadian Bar Association and a former executive member with the Kelowna Bar Association.




Bob Mostar
Bob Mostar, Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP
www.pllr.com
604.243.8912
rmostar@pllr.com
Bob Mostar is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Legal System, and another chapter relating to Overlapping Legal Issues. Bob's law practice involves legal matters that touch on personal issues, personal injury, family law, estate litigation and, earlier in his career, criminal law. Bob was educated at the University of British Columbia.




Mary Mouat, QC
Mary Mouat, QC, Quadra Legal
http://www.quadralegal.com/
Mary Mouat, QC is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Children in Family Law Matters. Mary graduated from the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law in 1987 and has been a partner at Quadra Legal Centre in Victoria since 1990. She works exclusively in the area of family law and has been a qualified mediator since 1996. and a collaborative practitioner for over 10 years. Mary’s volunteer work has included Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, Island Sexual Health Society and the Victoria Heritage Foundation. Mary has also been active in the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, serving as a section chair and an elected representative for Victoria. Mary has served on the board of the Law Courts Education Society (now Justice Education Society) and the Law Foundation of British Columbia, including as its chair in 2009 and 2010. Mary is a director of BC Hear the Child Society and director of the Victoria Foundation.

Mary received a designation as Queen’s Counsel in 2011, was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UVic Faculty of Law in 2014 and received the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch Georges A. Goyer, QC Award for Distinguished service in 2015.




Bill Murphy-Dyson
Bill Murphy-Dyson, Cox Taylor
www.coxtaylor.ca
Bill Murphy-Dyson is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Child Support. Bill is a partner at Cox Taylor in Victoria, and was called to the Bar in 1984 after serving as Law Clerk to Mr. Justice McIntyre of the Supreme Court of Canada. Bill is best known for his advocacy skills, predominantly in family law, estate litigation, and personal injury cases. Bill is also a mediator and a member of the civil and family rosters of Mediate BC. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of BC, the American Association of Justice, the International Courts of Justice, as well as the Canadian Bar Association and Victoria Bar Association.

Bill is qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator under the Family Law Act of British Columbia, and is an active member of his local community, as Past Chair of the Oak Bay Tea Party Society, past Board Member of the Belfry Theatre Society and past member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Greater Victoria.




Mark Norton
Mark Norton, Infinity Law
Mark Norton is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Legal System and another chapter relating to Overlapping Legal Issues. He is a 2005 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, and practised law in New Brunswick before relocating to BC where he was called to the Bar in 2007. Mark practises family law at Infinity Law in Victoria.

He is a past member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch's Civil Litigation Section for Victoria. He is also a member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC) which is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.




Gillian Oliver
Gillian Oliver, Family lawyer, Kamloops
Gillian Oliver is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Spousal Support. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2008 and was called to the Bar in 2009. She practices family law as a sole practitioner in Kamloops.




Matt Ostrow
Matt Ostrow, Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP
www.farris.com
Matt Ostrow is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Property & Debt in Family Law Matters. Matt is a lawyer with Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, a large BC-based law firm. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Alberta where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws, an active member of the Young Lawyers, Family Law and SOGIC (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee) subsections of the CBA BC, and a volunteer with Dial-A-Law.




Inga Phillips
Inga Phillips, Hamilton Fabbro Lawyers
www.hamiltonfabbro.com
Ingrida Phillips is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Child Support. She is a 2004 graduate of UBC Law School, and was called to the BC Bar in 2005.




Gayle Raphanel
Gayle Raphanel, Raphanel & Courtenay
Gayle Raphanel is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Family Violence. Gayle was called to the BC Bar in 1981, and practices family law in Vancouver under her firm, Raphanel & Courtenay. She is an experienced mediator and has been a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver since 2001.

Gayle qualified as a family law mediator in 1984 and in 1986 was appointed to the first panel of mediators for ICBC personal injury claims. In 1992 she worked extensively with the British Columbia Medical Association as a mediator in their Relative Value fee negotiations. She sat on the Hospital Appeal Board from 1996 to 2000.

Gayle has taught and presented on topics relating to alternative dispute resolution and mediation several times through seminars and courses with the Canadian Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Law Society of BC's Professional Legal Training Course.




Samantha Rapoport
Samantha Rapoport, Brown Henderson Melbye
www.bhmlawyers.ca
Samantha Rapoport is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Children in Family Law Matters. Sam has trained and practiced almost exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the Bar, joining Brown Henderson Melbye in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria's law faculty.




Samantha Simpson
Samantha Simpson, Jenkin Marzban Logan
www.jml.ca
Samantha Simpson is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Family Violence. Samantha's education and practical experience in the field of social work inspired her to pursue a career in family law. She is an associate with the firm of Jenkins Marzban Logan in Vancouver, and was called to the Bar in 2011. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Victoria's law faculty.




Michael Sinclair
Michael Sinclair, Doak Shirreff LLP
www.doakshirreff.com
Michael Sinclair is a subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Family Relationships. Michael is an associate with Doak Shirreff LLP practising in commercial litigation and family law. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law, and practised in Alberta before moving to BC where he was called to the Bar in 2010.

Michael is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch's Family Law Subsection for Vancouver.




Sandy Thomson
Sandy Thomson, Murchison Thomson & Clarke LLP
www.mtclaw.ca
604.590.8855
sthomson@mtclaw.ca
Sandy Thomson is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Resolving Family Law Problems out of Court. Sandy is a founding Partner at Murchison Thomson & Clarke LLP. His practice is focused on family law and personal injury law in addition to general civil and criminal litigation.

Sandy has a BA in psychology and obtained his LL.B. from UBC in 1981. Since his call to the Bar in 1982 Sandy has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the New Westminster Bar Association, having served as President of the latter. Sandy has been a guest lecturer for the Law Society’s Professional Legal Training Course for articling Law students and donates his time to the Newton Advocacy Centre giving legal advice in the area of family law several times a year.




Vanessa Van Sickle
Vanessa J.D. Van Sickle, Vanessa J.D. Van Sickle Law
Vanessa J.D. Van Sickle is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Separation & Divorce. Vanessa practices family law in Surrey, and was called to the BC Bar in 1988. She has served as an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch's provincial council since 2010.




Thomas Wallwork
Thomas Wallwork,
www.divorce-bc.com
Thomas Wallwork is a family, wills, and estate planning lawyer practising in Richmond and Vancouver, and serves as an editor for JP Boyd on Family Law. Thomas is a co-editor of the Separation & Divorce pages, and for educational materials relating to court forms and other information in the How Do I? category of self-help information.




Stephen Wright
Stephen G. Wright, Stephen G. Wright Law Corporation
Stephen G. Wright is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the pages on Family Relationships. He also edits the family law material for Legal Help for British Columbians. Stephen practices family law in Vancouver. He was called to the BC Bar in 1991, and has presented courses and papers for Continuing Legal Education BC on child protection.

Stephen helped review the family law section of the wikibook Legal Help for British Columbians.




Contributors & reviewers to previous editions

Many thanks to past contributors and reviewers:

Manjit Grewal, Jane Henderson, QC, Arlene Henry, QC, Agnes Huang, Don Kawano, QC, Kat Kinch, Barbara Nelson, Irene Peters, Eugene Raponi, QC, Amanda Rose, Ronald J. Smith, QC, Angela Thiele, and Justin Werb

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Courthouse Libraries BC team

Nate Russell, Liaison Lawyer with Courthouse Libraries BC and coordinator of Clicklaw Wikibooks, acted as the volume editor for this edition of JP Boyd on Family Law.

Desy Wahyuni provided indispensable support for contributors in updating materials, and supplied technical and editorial support at every step of production.

Thanks to Penny Goldsmith, the copy editor of this edition, for her careful eye and invaluable insight.

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