About the workshop:

When West Coast LEAF travelled around BC to present our Financials in Family Law workshop, we heard time and time again that service providers were seeking legal information and strategies to support women to navigate legal issues around parenting after separation from an abusive partner. Based on this feedback, we developed Parenting and Family Law. Aimed at frontline service providers who assist women fleeing abuse–including transition house workers, settlement workers, sexual assault support workers, and others–this workshop provides an overview of recent changes to family law in BC and their impacts on the parenting experiences of women with abusive or harassing exes. In this interactive three-hour session, participants discuss scenarios, identify promising practices and strategies for assisting women, and learn about some emerging issues in this area of family law.


Topics may include:
  • The new Family Law Act and its rules about parenting time and parenting responsibilities
  • The law’s increased emphasis on the best interest of the child and what it means for women’s lives
  • What the law says about family violence and how the courts treat family violence in practice
  • Section 211 parenting assessment reports
  • Litigation harassment
  • Denial of parenting time
  • Court orders, including protection orders


View the webinar version of the workshop!

In June 2016, we partnered with Courthouse Libraries BC and family law lawyer Zara Suleman to offer a free (sold out!) webinar version of this workshop. Huge thanks to our partners for being so generous with your expertise and time and making the webinar a great success! View the archived webinar.


Funding for this project has been generously provided by the BC Ministry of Justice.