Critical lack of family law services in British Columbia persists

West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia.

The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so legal services can be integrated with those of other professionals such as counsellors, social workers and interpreters.

The second proposal is for a women's clinic led by student lawyers who would provide free and low-cost family law services in the Metro Vancouver area, with a travel and technology budget to serve remote regions.

Women in particular are at a huge disadvantage after the breakdown of a marriage, especially if violence, low-income and child-custody issues are involved.