Family Law Act Modernization

Engagement Summary

The Family Law Act (FLA) is B.C.’s primary statute for families going through separation and divorce. The statute:

  • Places the safety and best interests of children first
  • Encourages families to resolve their disputes outside of court
  • Addresses family violence
  • Clarifies parental responsibilities
  • Clarifies the division of property

As society in B.C. changes, it is important that the FLA remains up to date to reflect those changes, as well as developments in case law.

B.C. is reviewing parts of the FLA to modernize the law where appropriate and address issues or gaps.

Phase 1 of the FLA modernization project includes a review of the division of property and spousal support provisions. Other topics under the FLA will be considered in later phases of the project.

How to participate

Anyone can participate in Phase 1 of the FLA modernization project. We invite you to review the backgrounder and share your input in the online survey.

The backgrounder will give you information about the issues the ministry is reviewing.  It may help you complete the online survey.

If you are a legal professional or have a strong interest in these topics, you can review and comment on a detailed technical paper.

Feedback will be accepted until 4 pm on September 9, 2022.

How your contribution makes a difference

Your input will be used to inform the development of proposed changes to the FLA.

A “What We Heard” report summarizing the feedback we receive will be posted online following each phase of this public engagement.

Details of the Engagement

Date: July 26, 2022 to September 9, 2022

Category: families-residents

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Type: Online, Written Submissions