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Get Help with Making a Parenting Plan at MyLawBC

by Legal Aid BC (Legal Services Society)

Legal Aid BC has recently launched MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre (FRC), an online mediation tool that’s the first of its kind in Canada.

The FRC helps separating parents make a parenting plan that’s in the best interests of their children.

What is a parenting plan?

A parenting plan is a document that outlines how parents going through a separation or a divorce will raise their children. It covers issues such as making decisions about the children, vacation time, and other important topics.

How can MyLawBC help me?

The FRC provides parents with the platform, information, and tools needed to work together to create their plan. They’ll work together online to set out their parenting plan. If they can’t agree on every issue they can ask for a professional mediator’s help at the simple press of a button. It’s free and convenient and parents can go at their own pace in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

Once downloaded, signed, and witnessed, the parenting plans are legally binding. If they choose to, parents can also add their parenting plan to a separation agreement or an order.

The FRC uses professional mediators who provide their services at no cost to the parents. This service is available to all parents in BC, though mediators will do an initial screening to decide if online mediation is appropriate. In cases where it isn’t, for instance if family violence is a factor, then the mediators will direct those parents to a better-suited service.

About the Family Resolution Centre

The FRC is a continuation of the work Legal Aid BC has done on MyLawBC to help increase access to justice in BC. It joins MyLawBC’s guided pathways and Dialogue Tool as fresh new ways to deliver legal information and services online. While the FRC only deals with parenting plans at this moment, we’re planning to extend it to other topics in the near future, dependent on available project funding. You can learn more about the FRC and our other services by visiting MyLawBC.com.

Other Resources for Separating Parents

MyLawBC refers parents to useful resources to help make their parenting plan, including:

  • Parenting After Separation courses
  • information on including the voice of the child and deciding on the best interests of the child
  • tips for working with an online mediator

Also see MyLawBC’s Dialogue Tool, where parents can create a separation agreement

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2019 Bi-Monthly Update Series: July/August

To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in July and August:

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BC Employment Standards Branch

New resources on various aspects of Employment Standards have been added to the Employment Standards Branch website. Topics include: wages, hiring and termination, the complaints process, time off, and safety and workers’ rights. Additionally, Employment Standards Branch has replaced the “Self-Help Kit” (which required workers to deal directly with their employer before submitting a complaint), with a direct-to-branch process.

The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

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  • Employment Standards: Getting Paid for Work: provides information about how wages must be paid under BC law. Includes minimum wage, minimum daily pay, deductions, keeping records, overtime pay, tips & gratuities, uniforms & special clothing.
  • Employment Standards: Hiring Employees: explains the workplace standards that employers must meet and include in an employment agreement. Includes hiring young people under the age of 15, using an employment agency, hiring domestic workers, hiring farm labour workers, and hiring temporary foreign workers.
  • Employment Standards: Making a Complaint: explains the steps involved in resolving employment disputes. Includes references to the law in BC.
  • Employment Standards: Quitting, Getting Fired or Laid Off: provides information about termination of employment for both employees and employers as it applies under the Employment Standards Act. Includes information about paying final wages, giving written notices, paying compensation, group terminations, just cause, layoffs, and changes to employment conditions.
  • Employment Standards: Specific Industries/Types of Workers: provides information about agriculture, aquaculture, commission sales, domestics, employment agencies, high technology sector, loggers, oil & gas sector, resident caretakers, etc.
  • Employment Standards: Taking Time Off: provides information about when employees can take time off work for vacation or for unexpected life situations. Includes maternity & parental leave, family responsibility leave, compassionate care leave, bereavement leave, reservists’ leave, leave respecting the disappearance or death of child, & jury duty.
  • Working in BC Information Sheet: this information sheet explains the rights of employees in BC. Includes minimum wage, tips, minimum daily pay, meal breaks, pay days & payroll records, overtime, averaging agreements, uniforms & special clothing, deductions, statutory holidays, annual vacation, and compensation when employment ends.
  • Employment Standards & Workplace Safety: Where to Go for Help: provides an overview of where to go for help or advice on employment standards and workplace safety issues. Includes links to the Employment Standards Branch, Employment Standards Tribunal, WorkSafe BC, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Employers’ Advisers Office, and BC Labour Relations Board.
  • Employment Standards: Do They Apply to You?: provides information on the BC Employment Standards Act and Regulations. This page explains a number of provisions that limit or exclude coverage for certain groups.

Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)

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  • Societies and Cooperative Associations Solution Explorer: this tool helps people manage and resolve disputes about BC societies that are incorporated with the BC Corporate Registry, and housing and community service cooperative associations. If you aren’t able to resolve your dispute using this tool, it will lead you to the CRT’s online application form.

Legal Services Society

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  • MyLawBC Family Mediation Tool: this online platform to help separating parents make a parenting plan that’s in their kids’ best interests. If parents can’t agree, they can ask for a professional mediator to help them. Parents get a downloadable parenting plan for both to sign. It’s convenient, secure, and free.

People’s Law School

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People’s Law School has added new personal planning resources to their website on topics such as representation agreements and powers of attorney. The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

  • Planning for Your Future – this webpage provides information on personal planning including power of attorney, advance care plans, representation agreements and resources for those with limited capacities now.
  • Health and Personal Care – practical information on what you can do to ensure your wishes around health care & personal care are respected. Learn how to prepare an enhanced representation agreement, how an advance directive can be used, about the two types of representation agreements, and about MOST forms.
  • If You Need Help Now – practical information on how standard representation agreements can be used and how to prepare one. Learn about your rights and options for changing or ending one, and eight important reasons why someone may want to prepare one.
  • Start Your Planning Here – essential information you should know when preparing for your future. Learn your options for planning for your future financial, legal, health care, and personal care needs.
  • Making Decisions for Someone Else – practical information on what to consider when making decisions for someone else. Learn about the steps you can take to protect the adult from scams, financial exploitation and abuse, information about the duties you must follow as an attorney, and tools designed to help you in your role.
  • Financial and Legal Matters – practical information on tools you can put in place now in case you cannot manage your financial and legal affairs in future. Learn about the different types of powers of attorney, how to prepare your enduring power of attorney, and your rights and options for changing or ending a power of attorney.

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British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

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  • Builder’s Lien Reform Project: The Builders Lien Act protects participants in a construction project such as contractors, material suppliers, and individual workers by giving them several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied. BCLI has undertaken a major law reform project on the Builders Lien Act.

Archway Community Services

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  • Archway Community Services is the new name for Abbotsford Community Services. The name is intended to be more inclusive for clients beyond Abbotsford and reduce misconceptions of the organization being a branch of the government or City of Abbotsford.

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services

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  • Family Law Advocacy Program – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services has now added a family law program to their community services. The program provides information and legal advocacy for family law matters for separation, divorce, court forms, legal aid applications, child and spousal support, and other family law matters.

North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR)

  • Family Law Advocacy Program – NSCR has a new family law program that provides legal information and referral, legal advice and representation (in some cases) to lower and moderate income clients. The service covers divorce, parenting time, child support, division of property, child protection and consensual dispute resolutions.