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B.C. Court of Appeal confirms commitment to settlements in spousal support case

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:16 AM | By Leena Yousefi

​​​​Out-of-court negotiation mechanisms must not prejudice a spouse’s right to court-ordered relief, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled in the recent case of Francis v. Francis 2017 BCCA 332. Parties caught up in family law disputes should be able to take their time and freely negotiate settlements without fear of losing their legal rights in court, if court is the only avenue to take.

The trial judge’s discretionary award of retroactive spousal support in Francis was overturned by the Court of Appeal — a rare...