In January, 2013, I took a two day course, Family Violence Screening for Dispute Resolution Professionals, to enhance my ability to recognize and deal with family violence in the context of family law cases. This course was beneficial for Kitsilano Family Law, especially in regards to British Columbia's new Family Law Act, which came into force in March, 2013. It has focused on the need for family law professionals to increase their awareness of this problem and develop skills and techniques for keeping family members safe, defusing and reducing tensions that could lead to violence in the family context, and bringing cases to a satisfactory resolution in spite of concerns about violence. The course, sponsored by the Continuing Legal Education Society, was designed to provide increased knowledge of the complex problem of family violence, and featured roleplays to assist the professionals in learning how to deal with the various situations in which family violence might be a factor.
For many of our clients, having businesses and other property in our parts of the world was a normal part of their lives. But when these individuals have a looming separation or divorce, it soon becomes clear that their separation or divorce will be quickly complicated by the possible division of these overseas businesses and properties. What can you do to get full disclosure or prevent dissipation of overseas assets? What can you do when you dispute BC's jurisdiction and want another jurisdiction to make a determination over your separation or divorce issues?
Even with the best planning, we cannot entirely avoid the challenges that are inherent to life. We can, however, make plans to weather those storms. Having a will and a representation agreement is a very practical way to “weather the storms” of life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed most people’s everyday lives in a matter of a couple of weeks. Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the BC Supreme Court has suspended regular operations of all of its locations. However, the Court will continue to hear “essential and urgent matters”. What constitutes as an “essential and urgent” matter?