THE ADVOCATE 397
VOL. 79 PART 3 MAY 2021
By Adam Simpkins, Laura Selby and Edie Ryan*
SIGNIFICANT NEW FAMILY LAW DEVELOPMENTS
CLEBC’s spring family law publications will cover recent developments in
practice and jurisprudence—such as Michel v. Graydon, 2020 SCC 24—as
well as the many significant changes to family law legislation that come
into effect over the next several months. On March 1, 2021, the sweeping
amendments to the Divorce Act came into effect. There are also amendments
to the federal Child Support Guidelines to reflect the changes to the
Divorce Act. Amendments to the Supreme Court Family Rules and forms (see
B.C. Regs. 208/2020 and 5/2021) came into force on March 1, 2021. On May
17, 2021, the Provincial Court (Family) Rules will be repealed and replaced
with the new Provincial Court Family Rules (except Division 5 of Part 9,
which comes into force on May 16, 2022) and an entirely new set of forms.
This year’s edition of CLEBC’s Annotated Family Practice will be released in
May and will contain consolidations of the Divorce Act, the Child Support
Guidelines, the Supreme Court Family Rules and the Provincial Court Family
Rules. The update to the British Columbia Family Practice Manual will also be
released in May and will discuss the changes to practice and legislation, including
the new procedures at Provincial Court, and provide many of the new and
revised court forms for Supreme and Provincial Court in Word format.
To view all of CLEBC family law resources, visit: <www.cle.bc.ca/fam21>.
VIEW A RECORDING OF “TRANSFORMING LEGAL PRACTICE:
LAWYERS INCREASING ACCESS TO JUSTICE”
On January 27, 2021, we proudly co-sponsored the Access to Justice BC
event “Transforming Legal Practice: Lawyers Increasing Access to Justice”
* Adam Simpkins is the marketing manager, Laura Selby is the director of publications and Edie Ryan is a legal editor at CLEBC.