Supporting BC's Families
BC’s families face challenges in gaining access to and taking full advantage of our justice system, as highlighted in the discussion of legal aid in the preceding section. The Family Law Act was introduced in 2013 with a stated goal of encouraging families to resolve their disputes out of court. Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the resources committed to support out-of-court resolution, including more family justice counsellors and government-paid mediators, access to paid legal aid-funded counsel in mediation and resources for distance mediation.
Therefore neither the families the Act is intended to serve nor the taxpayers have realized the potential benefits of the Act. In this section we review challenges parents face as they seek to address legal matters related to parenting, as well as the issues of reverse mortgages and wrongful death legislation, which are linked by the Court’s responsibility to safeguard the interests of families and individuals.