Highlights include a few notable statistics and facts arising from our work this past year, introductions to brand new programs and people new to Rise, plus our featured spread on how Rise’s alumni continue to support Rise and collaborate with us, long after the end of their externship.
Are We Ready to Change? A Lawyer’s Guide to Keeping Women and Children Safe in BC’s Family Law System
Rise’s latest report in a series on how the legal system fails women experiencing family violence in BC. Building on Rise’s research results in our wildly successful Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along report released earlier this year, Are We Ready to Change? provides practical recommendations for lawyers to improve their practices, including family violence screening considerations, the need for strategic litigation, and addressing legislative gaps, as well as reviewing recommendations from survivors of violence on what lawyers and legal professionals can do to increase safety for women and children.
Section 211 reports are ordered in difficult family law cases where the parents cannot agree about parenting issues. Sometimes called “custody and access reports”, section 211 reports are written by a neutral professional and provide judges with information about the children and the parties. You may be thinking about asking a judge to order a s. 211 report yourself, your ex-spouse may be asking for one, or a judge may have ordered one even if neither of you requested it. This document provides some basic information, but it is not legal advice and you may want to seek help from a lawyer. This guide has been made available in 12 languages.
The Family Advocate Support Line provides legal support to Law Foundation-funded family law advocates and other frontline workers, including transition home staff and settlement workers, by answering questions by telephone and email. FASL does not provide any direct services to clients, and instead focuses on coaching workers in community organisations who are assisting low-income clients and providing legal education and summary level advice. This is a part-time contract role.
If you are involved in a family law matter, you have certain rights under the law. However, to preserve your rights, you must pay attention to certain time limits. This document sets out some deadlines and time limits that may apply to you, and we have made it available in 6 languages.
Please note that this is for reference and information only; it is not legal advice. You should speak to a lawyer for advice on any deadlines that may apply to your own situation and what steps you may need to take.
Chinese (Simplified): Time Limits in BC Family Law-2021-SimplifiedChinese-WEB-RiseWomensLegal