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Family Law General

British Columbia Family Practice Manual book image for British Columbia Family Practice Manual KN170.B75C64 2013

This manual is a good comprehensive starting point on family law practice and procedure in BC. Includes forms, precedents, checklists, limitation periods and Practice Directions. Chapter topics include: Obtaining Interim Relief, Using Alternatives to Trial, and Drafting Orders.

Also see CLE’s Family Law Deskbook for practical help on preparing for court actions and drafting documents.


Annual Review of Family Law book image for Annual Review of Family Law KN170 M34

What has happened over the past year in family law? Are there any new factors of which family law practitioners need to be aware? The answers to these questions can be found in the Annual Review of Family Law, a useful research tool.


Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia book image for Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia KN170 F35 C352

What do the rules of evidence say about hearsay evidence when the welfare of a child is concerned? What is the difference between void and voidable marriages? The Family Law Sourcebook provides substantive law in summary form. Several topics are covered including pension division, injunctive relief and adoption. This is a good starting point for research and a useful in-court manual.


Family Mediation & Collaborative Practice Handbook book image for Family Mediation & Collaborative Practice Handbook KN173.6 L35 2005

This handbook is written for the practicing mediation and collaborative lawyer. It includes sample letters, checklists, practice tips, questionnaires, retainer contracts and agreements. Topics covered include: custody and access, property division, child and spousal support, and ethical issues.


Divorce Act Manual book image for Divorce Act Manual KN173.A111 H34

This looseleaf manual provides current analytical commentary and discussion of cases on the Divorce Act, Federal Child Support Guidelines and Federal Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. Areas covered include: jurisdiction in corollary relief proceedings, duty of legal advisor, child and spousal support orders, income, order for custody, and recognition of foreign divorce.


Family Law Agreements: Annotated Precedents book image for Family Law Agreements: Annotated Precedents KN170 F33 A2

Wondering how to best prepare clear and enforceable family law agreements? CLE’s Family Law Agreements: Annotated Precedents provides commentary on the applicable current law, discusses common drafting problems and outlines matters to be considered when preparing agreements. The text provides sample clauses in three key areas: cohabitation, marriage and separation. A sample of a complete agreement in each key area is included.


Spousal Support & Dependants’ Relief: Canada Quantum Digest book image for Spousal Support & Dependants’ Relief:  Canada Quantum Digest KN173.2 C36 S66


Matrimonial Property: Canada Quantum DigestKN172.5 C36 M37

This series of quantum digests is a helpful tool for determining entitlement to awards and quantum for family law cases. Each headnote includes details such as percentage of special or extraordinary expenses. Each digest is arranged so that you can easily find cases by relevant factors such as: number of children, annual income range, parties’ relationship, lump sum payments, or type of property.


Wilson on Children and The Law book image for Wilson on Children and The Law KN176 W54 A1

This looseleaf text provides a wide ranging overview of jurisprudence and legislation concerning children. The text covers: custody, access, adoption, child protection, crimes by and against children, education, immigration.


Annotated Family Practice book image for Annotated Family Practice KN170 A562 2016-17

Looking for statutes, rules, regulations and practice directions relevant to family law? CLE’s Annotated Family Practice contains all of the above as well as the Federal Child Support Guidelines and the BC simplified child support tables.


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