Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sample Family Law Titles

A public librarian recently asked about the contents of some of the family law titles on the recommended titles list for medium size libraries in Law Books for Libraries. The following annotations may prove useful, and sample questions are given to illustrate how you could use each title to find some helpful information:

Annotated Family Practice 2007-2008 published by Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
For patrons who cannot find their family law question in any of the Self Counsel Press titles, the Annotated Family Practice contains easy to understand annotations of the relevant family law statutes, rules and regulations, and can be useful to find family law cases.

Sample question: I’m asking for an interim custody order, and I’ve heard that the court often considers something called ‘status quo’. Where could I look up what that means?

British Columbia Family Practice Manual published by CLE
For more in depth procedural information, you can direct a patron to this title, which helps the lay litigant understand the processes involved in building and conducting a family law case and finding applicable cases. It contains forms, precedents, and checklists, and covers divorce, custody, access, guardianship, support, child protection and adoption.

Sample question: I think my ex-husband’s income has increased substantially since our child support order was put in place several years ago. What are some ways his income and assets could be traced?

Desk Order Divorce published by CLE
This title is an excellent step-by-step ‘hand-holding’ guide for patrons who are seeking an uncontested divorce, where the other party is in agreement. It is written for legal support staff, and includes annotated forms, precedents and relevant legislation.

Sample question: Is there something that could show me how to say on my divorce application that our marriage has ended because of admitted adultery?

Cohabitation: The Law In Canada published by Thomson Carswell
This guide for the legal aspects of living common-law is written for practicing lawyers in family law but is easy to read. It covers property rights, support, death, cohabitation agreements, children, pensions, tax, and same-sex cohabitation.

Sample question: I’m researching the history of same sex law in Canada, and looking for a BC case involving the disputed settling of an estate after one of the same sex common law partners died. Where could I find that case?

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