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O'Sullivan, K
University of British Columbia Law Review
Legislative Comment: Family property division under the Family Law Act 2011
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Property division Divorce Financial provision Family home Canada British Columbia Reform

Family law in British Columbia, Canada has witnessed significant change in the past number of 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 relationship breakdown. 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 in 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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