Issue No. 18 - Ethical Obligations of Family Law Practitioners

October 2022

A number of Canadian jurisdictions recently amended their family law statutes to include a definition of domestic or family violence (we will primarily use the term “family violence” hereafter “FV”). Canada’s Divorce Act and British Columbia’s Family Law Act are two examples. The Divorce Act was amended to introduce measures to assist the courts in addressing FV. Henceforth, courts are required to consider any family violence and its impacts when deciding the best interests of the child (s. 16(3)(j)). 

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