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ADOPTION - Considerations - Best interests of child - Adoption by custom - Practice and procedure

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:35 AM  

Appeal by both the birth parents and foster parents of a child from a Supreme Court of British Columbia order striking their petition as an abuse of process. The appellants asserted the child was adopted by the foster parents by way of custom adoption. A chambers judge had concluded the petition was an abuse of process because it argued legal claims and facts that were inconsistent with prior litigation the appellants commenced. The appellants’ goal in all of the prior proceedings was to facilitate the foster...