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As noted in our September entry in the Advocate, BCLI’s Child Protection
Project Committee reviewed the CFCSA with an eye turned particularly
toward identifying outdated provisions and operational incompatibilities.
The committee’s tentative recommendations address topics such as modernizing
the CFCSA’s terms and definitions, enhancing access to independent
legal advice, improving aspects of court procedures and orders under
the Act and enabling the incorporation of a child’s views in a child protection
For more information and a copy of the consultation paper, please
NEW PROJECT: REVIEW OF PARENTAGE UNDER PART 3 OF THE FAMILY LAW
This fall, BCLI began work on a new project: a review of parentage under
Part 3 of the Family Law Act. Conclusively determining who a child’s parents
are is an important part of family law. It is the foundation of many
aspects of a child’s identity, such as family name and relationships, nationality
and cultural heritage. Parentage can also determine important legal
rights and obligations, such as a child’s inheritance rights.
When it came into force in March 2013, the Family Law Act gave British
Columbia its first comprehensive legislative framework for the law of
parentage. The goals of this legislative framework were to provide a complete
scheme that addresses children equally, no matter whether the child
was born through natural or assisted reproduction, to protect children’s best
interests and to promote family stability.
BCLI’s project will examine whether Part 3 is meeting these goals, in light
of developments that have taken place in the law, society and reproductive
technology since the Family Law Act came into force over seven years ago.
BCLI is currently working with an expert project committee to develop tentative
recommendations for a public consultation that is planned for winter
2021–2022. A final report containing BCLI’s recommendations for reform of
Part 3 is projected for publication in fall 2022.
BCLI thanks the Ministry of Attorney General of British Columbia for
supporting this project. Visit <www.bcli.org> for regular updates on the