Shannon Aldinger

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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. Shannon graduated from McGill University (BA Hon) in 1992, obtained her law degree from Dalhousie Law School in 1995, and was called to the bar in 1996. She is a family law lawyer and mediator in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, and has represented clients in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of BC as well as 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, protection orders, restraining orders, and family law agreements. She is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC), including a current member of its family law committee and a past member of its seminar committee. She has made numerous public education presentations about family law through TLABC, the local transition society, community justice centre, military family resource centre and Legal Services Society.


In law, the physical railing separating the public gallery in a courtroom from the area where the judge and lawyers sit; lawyers as a group; where lawyers go after work.

A person licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction. See "barrister and solicitor."

The highest level of court in this province, having the jurisdiction to review decisions of the Supreme Court, all provincial lower courts, and certain tribunals. See "appeal."

In contract law, a promise made by someone about a certain state of affairs, like "the plumbing was replaced last year" or "I had a vasectomy two years ago." See "misrepresentation."

A term under the Family Law Act which describes the arrangements for parental responsibilities and parenting time among guardians, made in an order or agreement. "Parenting arrangements" does not include contact. See "contact," "guardian," "parental responsibilities," and "parenting time."

A payment made by one spouse, the payor, to the other spouse, the recipient, to help with their day-to-day living expenses or to compensate the recipient for the financial choices the spouses made during the relationship.

Something which can be owned. See "chattels" and "real property."

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