Are We Ready to Change? A Lawyer’s Guide to Keeping Women and Children Safe in BC’s Family Law System

Rise’s latest report in a series on how the legal system fails women experiencing family violence in BC. Building on Rise’s research results in our wildly successful Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along report released earlier this year, Are We Ready to Change? provides practical recommendations for lawyers to improve their practices, including family violence screening considerations, the need for strategic litigation, and addressing legislative gaps, as well as reviewing recommendations from survivors of violence on what lawyers and legal professionals can do to increase safety for women and children.

Are We Ready to Change – Rise Womens Legal – May 2021

Section 211 Plain Language Guides for Non-Lawyers

Section 211 reports are ordered in difficult family law cases where the parents cannot agree about parenting issues. Sometimes called “custody and access reports”, section 211 reports are written by a neutral professional and provide judges with information about the children and the parties. You may be thinking about asking a judge to order a s. 211 report yourself, your ex-spouse may be asking for one, or a judge may have ordered one even if neither of you requested it. This document provides some basic information, but it is not legal advice and you may want to seek help from a lawyer. This guide has been made available in 12 languages.

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Punjabi-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Korean-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-French-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Filipino-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-English-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Chinese-Traditional-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Chinese-simplified-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Arabic-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Vietnamese-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Spanish-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Russian-WEB

Section 211 Report Plain Language Guide-Persian-WEB

Employment Opportunity: Family Advocate Support Line Lawyer

The Family Advocate Support Line provides legal support to Law Foundation-funded family law advocates and other frontline workers, including transition home staff and settlement workers, by answering questions by telephone and email. FASL does not provide any direct services to clients, and instead focuses on coaching workers in community organisations who are assisting low-income clients and providing legal education and summary level advice. This is a part-time contract role.

2021-04-29- Employment Opportunity-FASL lawyer-contract (parental leave)

Time Limits in BC Family Law Matters

If you are involved in a family law matter, you have certain rights under the law. However, to preserve your rights, you must pay attention to certain time limits. This document sets out some deadlines and time limits that may apply to you, and we have made it available in 6 languages.

Please note that this is for reference and information only; it is not legal advice. You should speak to a lawyer for advice on any deadlines that may apply to your own situation and what steps you may need to take.

English: Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-English-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

French: Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-French-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

Chinese (Simplified): Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-SimplifiedChinese-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

Persian: Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-Persian-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

Punjabi: Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-Punjabi-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

Spanish: Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-Spanish-WEB-RiseWomensLegal

Section 211 Toolkit for Lawyers

This toolkit provides an overview of some of the major issues that lawyers may encounter when requesting or responding to psychological reports ordered under s. 211 of the Family Law Act. Section 211 reports (sometimes called “custody and access reports” in other jurisdictions) are frequently ordered in difficult family law cases involving parenting disputes and are intended to provide judges with independent information about the views and needs of children. They are a common feature of BC family law cases and can have important consequences for the participants.

This toolkit was developed primarily for lawyers working with women who have experienced family violence, but it may also be useful for lawyers who would like to learn more about s. 211 reports generally.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre – Section 211 Toolkit

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