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Mandatory Fields
O'Sullivan, K
Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference
‘The Devil in the Detail: Property Division under British Columbia’s Family Law Act 2011’
Optional Fields
Family property law; property division; divorce; cohabitation; financial provision
University of Lancaster, England

Family law in British Columbia, Canada has witnessed significant change in the last 5-6 years. Family property law, in particular, has seen drastic reform. One of the most significant changes which has arisen in the province is the introduction of the Family Law Act 2011 which, among other functions, now governs the distribution of assets on divorce and on the breakdown of common law marriage. Repealing and replacing the Family Relations Act 1996, the new 2011 Act aimed to make the law governing the division of assets simpler and easier to apply, reducing judicial discretion and bringing the province more in line with the rest of Canada. However, since the commencement of the legislation exactly two years ago (March 2013), a number of weaknesses inherent in the Act have already generated significant case law in the province. This paper seeks to highlight the main shortcomings which have emerged and analyse judicial responses to date.

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