Squamish location opens!

Squamish location opens!

We are excited to open a new location in Squamish, BC to service the family law and estate administration needs of the Sea to Sky area, which includes Britannia Beach, Whistler, Pemberton, and Lions Bay. The office is in downtown Squamish on Cleveland Avenue.

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We are excited to announce that Graham will be able to service more clients in the Sea to Sky satellite office in 2021. #laschuklaw #familylawyer www.yourfamilymatters.com
Celebrating ONE

Celebrating ONE

We celebrated One Year in our new South Delta location in the Northgate Building. The modern design is bright, functional, and cheery which makes it a pleasure to work here. We thank Southern Projects for making our vision come to life and our family and friends for their continuous support.

CASE: Family Law Act – Child Relocation – Supreme Court of BC Decision

CASE: Family Law Act – Child Relocation – Supreme Court of BC Decision

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has handed down a favourable decision for our client, preventing the relocation of his children from Aldergrove, BC to Stonewall, MB.


Reasonable and Workable Arrangements – BC Family Law Act

Judge Saunders explained that “any relocation case must be focused on the “best interests” of the child.” He went on to add that, where parenting time is substantially unequal, such cases normally have also considered the factors of “good faith” and “reasonable and workable arrangements” set out in s. 69(4)(a) of the Family Law Act. However, Judge Saunders reasoned that examining the latter two factors was only necessary where the considerations are “evenly balanced” between allowing and disallowing the relocation. Therefore, if the best interests of the child is very one-sided, the court may focus solely on the best interests issue and need not assess the factors of good faith and the proposed parenting time arrangements.


S. 211 Views of the Child Report 

Evidence submitted through the s. 211 Views of the Child Report, prepared by Mr. Robert Finlay – where the children confirmed a preference not to move and close relationships with both our client and his family – was seen to support our client’s evidence. Factors for our client to overcome included the facts that the mother had the bulk of parenting time, and that he had engaged in some family violence toward the mother and in some poor anger management towards the mother and stepfather. The court ultimately decided however that our client’s strong relationship with his children, especially his son where hockey was a central bonding factor, and the children’s very close relationships with their extended family outweighed the other factors. Relocation of the children to another province would have adversely affected their current relationships with their father and family members, thus relocation was not in the best interests of the children.

Parental Rights BC

To discuss your child relocation matter and parental rights with our family lawyer, Graham C. Laschuk, please call (604) 948-7200 for an initial consultation.

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Supplements to this case

Read the judgement in its entirety https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2019/2019bcsc75/2019bcsc75.html

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Judge Saunders, re D.T.F. v. K.S., 01-24