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              Family Law Act

              [SBC 2011] CHAPTER 25

              Assented to November 24, 2011

              Part 1 — Interpretation
              2General interpretation
              3Spouses and relationships between spouses
              Part 2 — Resolution of Family Law Disputes
              Division 1 — Resolution Out of Court Preferred
              4Purposes of Part
              5Duty to disclose
              6Agreements respecting family law disputes generally
              7Replacing agreements
              8Duties of family dispute resolution professionals
              9Duties of parties respecting family dispute resolution
              Division 2 — Family Justice Counsellors
              10Family justice counsellors
              11Confidentiality of information
              12Family justice counsellors not to be compelled
              13Information obtained while receiving assistance
              Division 3 — Parenting Coordinators
              14Parenting coordinators
              15When parenting coordinators may assist
              16Information sharing for parenting coordination
              17Assistance from parenting coordinators
              18Determinations by parenting coordinators
              19Changing or setting aside determinations
              Division 4 — Arbitration
              19.2Arbitration agreements respecting family law disputes
              19.3 Setting aside arbitration agreements
              19.4 Stay of court proceedings
              19.5Orders respecting protection of persons or property
              19.6Order for appointment of arbitrator
              19.7No revocation of appointment
              19.8Independence and impartiality of arbitrator
              19.9Order revoking appointment
              19.10Law applicable to substance of dispute
              19.12Production and evidence from non-parties
              19.13Powers of arbitrator
              19.14Form, content and delivery of arbitration award
              19.15Correction and interpretation of arbitration award
              19.16Arbitration award binding
              19.17Termination of arbitration
              19.18Orders respecting arbitration awards
              19.20Enforcement of arbitration awards
              Part 3 — Parentage
              Division 1 — General Matters
              21Void and voidable marriages
              22Effect of Part
              Division 2 — Determining Parentage
              23Parentage to be determined by this Part
              24Donor not automatically parent
              25Parentage if adoption
              26Parentage if no assisted reproduction
              27Parentage if assisted reproduction
              28Parentage if assisted reproduction after death
              29Parentage if surrogacy arrangement
              30Parentage if other arrangement
              31Orders declaring parentage
              32New evidence
              33Parentage tests
              Division 3 — Orders Made Outside British Columbia
              35Recognition of Canadian extraprovincial declaratory orders
              36Recognition of non-Canadian extraprovincial declaratory orders
              Part 4 — Care of and Time with Children
              Division 1 — Best Interests of Child
              37Best interests of child
              38Assessing family violence
              Division 2 — Parenting Arrangements
              39Parents are generally guardians
              40Parenting arrangements
              41Parental responsibilities
              42Parenting time
              43Exercise of parental responsibilities
              44Agreements respecting parenting arrangements
              45Orders respecting parenting arrangements
              46Changes to child's residence if no agreement or order
              47Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting parenting arrangements
              48Informal parenting arrangements
              49Referral of questions to court
              Division 3 — Guardianship
              50Agreements respecting guardianship
              51Orders respecting guardianship
              52Who is entitled to notice
              53Appointment of guardian in case of death
              54Loss of guardian
              55Appointment of standby guardian
              56Limits on appointments
              57Appointments must be accepted to take effect
              Division 4 — Contact with a Child
              58Agreements respecting contact
              59Orders respecting contact
              60Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting contact
              Division 5 — Compliance Respecting Parenting Time or Contact with a Child
              61Denial of parenting time or contact
              62When denial is not wrongful
              63Failure to exercise parenting time or contact
              64Orders to prevent removal of child
              Division 6 — Relocation
              65Definition and application
              66Notice of relocation
              67Resolving issues arising from relocation
              68Child may be relocated unless guardian objects
              69Orders respecting relocation
              70If relocation permitted
              71Not a change in circumstances
              Division 7 — Extraprovincial Matters Respecting Parenting Arrangements
              72Definitions and interpretation
              74Determining whether to act under this Part
              75Recognition of extraprovincial orders
              76Superseding extraprovincial orders
              77Wrongful removal of child
              78Extraprovincial evidence
              79Referral to court
              Division 8 — International Child Abduction
              80International child abduction
              Part 5 — Property Division
              Division 1 — General Rules
              81Equal entitlement and responsibility
              82Rights and remedies of third parties
              Division 2 — Determining Family Property and Family Debt
              84Family property
              85Excluded property
              86Family debt
              87Valuing family property and family debt
              Division 3 — Before Agreement or Final Order is Made
              88Orders under this Division
              89Orders for interim distribution of property
              90Temporary orders respecting family residence
              91Temporary orders respecting protection of property
              Division 4 — Dividing Family Property and Family Debt
              92Agreements respecting property division
              93Setting aside agreements respecting property division
              94Orders respecting property division
              95Unequal division by order
              96Division of excluded property
              97Giving effect to property division
              Division 5 — Enforcing and Protecting Property Interests
              99Filing in land title office
              100Filing in personal property registry
              101Orders for postponement, cancellation or discharge
              102Donor of gift is party to agreement
              103Enforceability of interest in property
              104Rights under this Part
              Division 6 — Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Rules
              105Definitions and interpretation
              106Determining whether to act under this Part
              107Proper law of relationship
              108Choice of law rules
              109Extraprovincial property
              Part 6 — Pension Division
              Division 1 — General Matters
              111Benefits to be determined in accordance with this Part
              112Original agreements and orders
              113Designation of limited members
              Division 2 — Division of Benefits under Local Plans
              114Benefits determined under defined contribution provision
              115Benefits determined under benefit formula provision
              116Local hybrid plans
              117Local plans after pension commencement
              Division 3 — Division of Other Benefits
              119Supplemental plans
              120Compensation for lost supplemental benefits
              121Benefits for specified individuals
              122Disability benefits
              123Extraprovincial plans
              Division 4 — Death of Member or Limited Member
              124Death of member or limited member
              125Entitlement to survivor benefits
              126Waiving pension or survivor benefits
              Division 5 — Other Matters Respecting Pension Division
              127Agreements respecting division
              128Determining compensation
              129Reapportioning benefits
              130Clarifying division of benefits
              131Changing division of benefits in unusual circumstances
              132Retroactive division of benefits
              Division 6 — Administrative Matters
              133Information from plan
              134Agreement or order required for division of benefits
              135Information required by plan
              136Notice or waiver
              137Implementing division of benefits
              138Adjustment of member's pension
              139Transfer of commuted value of separate pension or share
              140Administrative costs
              141Income tax
              142Claim does not relieve duty to administer benefits
              143Administrator's duties
              144Trust of survivor and pension benefits
              145No further entitlement after division of benefits
              Part 7 — Child and Spousal Support
              Division 1 — Definitions
              Division 2 — Child Support
              147Duty to provide support for child
              148Agreements respecting child support
              149Orders respecting child support
              150Determining child support
              151If parentage at issue
              152Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting child support
              Division 3 — Child Support Service
              154Establishment of child support service
              155Recalculation of child support
              156Correction of recalculation
              157Changing, suspending or terminating recalculated amounts
              158Information to be given to child support service
              Division 4 — Spousal Support
              160Duty to provide support for entitled spouse
              161Objectives of spousal support
              162Determining spousal support
              163Agreements respecting spousal support
              164Setting aside agreements respecting spousal support
              165Orders respecting spousal support
              166Misconduct of spouse
              167Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting spousal support
              168Review of spousal support
              169Review of spousal support if pension benefits
              Division 5 — General
              170Matters that may be provided for in support orders
              171Support obligations after death
              172Separate support amounts required
              173Priority of child support
              174Reducing or cancelling arrears
              Part 8 — Children's Property
              176Guardian not automatically entitled to receive property
              177Delivery of any property to trustee
              178Delivery of small property
              179Appointment of trustee by Supreme Court
              180Subsequent applications respecting trustee
              181When child's property must be delivered to child
              Part 9 — Protection from Family Violence
              183Orders respecting protection
              184Whether to make protection order
              185If child a family member
              186Orders without notice
              187Changing or terminating orders respecting protection
              188Enforcing orders respecting protection
              189Conflict between orders
              190Rights not affected by Act
              191Extraprovincial orders
              Part 10 — Court Processes
              Division 1 — Jurisdiction of Court Generally
              192Supreme Court jurisdiction
              193Provincial Court jurisdiction
              194Overlapping court jurisdiction
              194.1Joining proceedings
              195Provincial Court enforcement of Supreme Court orders
              196Certain actions must not be maintained
              Division 2 — Procedural Matters
              197Complying with duties respecting family dispute resolution
              198Time limits
              199Conduct of proceeding
              200Applications may be heard in party's absence
              201Legal capacity of children
              202Court may decide how child's evidence is received
              203Children's lawyer
              204Intervention by Attorney General or other person
              205Spouse compellable as witness
              206Exclusion of the public or from publication
              207Information accompanying orders
              Division 3 — Standing in Indigenous Matters
              208Guardianship of Nisg?a'a child
              209Guardianship of treaty first nation child
              210Property proceeding involving treaty lands
              Division 4 — General Orders the Court May Make
              211Orders respecting reports
              212Orders respecting disclosure
              213Enforcing orders respecting disclosure
              214Orders respecting agreements
              215Changing, suspending or terminating orders generally
              216Court may make interim orders
              217Interim orders before changing, suspending or terminating orders
              218Terms and conditions of orders
              219Persons may consent to order being made
              220Court may make order on behalf of child
              221Misuse of court process
              Division 5 — Orders Respecting Conduct
              222Purposes for which orders respecting conduct may be made
              223Orders respecting case management
              224Orders respecting dispute resolution, counselling and programs
              225Orders restricting communications
              226Orders respecting residence
              227Other orders respecting conduct
              228Enforcing orders respecting conduct
              Division 6 — Enforcement Generally
              229Service need not be proved
              230Enforcing orders generally
              231Extraordinary remedies
              232Offence Act application
              Division 7 — Appeals
              233Appeals from Provincial Court orders
              234Order under appeal remains in effect
              Part 11 — Search Officers
              236Search officers
              237Searchable information
              238Requesting and disclosing searchable information
              239Requesting searchable information
              240Disclosing searchable information
              241Information-sharing agreements
              242Orders respecting searchable information
              243Restrictions on disclosure of information
              Part 12 — Regulations
              245Regulations respecting family dispute resolution
              246Regulations respecting pension division
              247Regulations respecting child support
              248General regulation-making powers
              249Other regulation-making powers
              Part 13 — Transitional Provisions
              251Transition — care of and time with children
              252Transition — proceeding respecting property division
              253Transition — pension benefits
              254Transition — changing, suspending or terminating orders
              255Transition — restraining orders
              256Transition — regulations
              Part 14 — Repeals, Related Amendment and Consequential Amendments
              257-259 Repeals
              260 Related Amendment
              261-481 Consequential Amendments