Family Law

Baker Newby is still working to help families during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Court Closures

On March 18, 2020, the British Columbia Supreme Court announced that all regular court operations would be suspended effective March 19, 2020, owing to the ongoing health pandemic, caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. All civil and family matters scheduled for hearings between March 19 and May 1, 2020, have been adjourned.

Without access to the courts, the possibility of people acting inappropriately or irresponsibly or not obeying court orders may raise real concerns.  Justice still needs to be respected.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The lawyers and staff at Baker Newby LLP are still working, many from home and on their computers, to ensure that justice is respected and the law is obeyed.  We know many of our clients still need our assistance and support in this time of concern and uncertainty.  We are here to help.

How could the global health pandemic affect my family law case?

The current pandemic has created a situation in which many parents are fearful for the health and well-being of themselves and their children. These concerns have created an atmosphere in which a parent subject to a co-parenting regime is more likely to take it upon him or herself to unilaterally make decisions that he or she feels are in the best interests of the child. These decisions could include restricting another parent’s parenting time or removing the child from the province. Such decisions are unjust and inappropriate, but are likely to be prefaced and held out to be justified by the World Health Organization and Health Canada’s recommendations regarding social distancing and self-isolation. However, and seemingly in contemplation of situations like those described above, the Court has announced that it will still be hearing essential and urgent matters. The lawyers and staff at Baker Newby LLP are prepared to handle those important matters.

What types of situations are essential and urgent?

Cases that are considered essential and urgent are those in which the following outcome is sought:

  1. Orders relating to the safety of a child or parent due to a risk of violence or immediate harm (such as protection orders, conduct orders, or exclusive possession of the home);
  2. Orders relating to the risk of removal of a child from the province (such as those regarding relocation, non-removal, and wrongful removal or retention of a child); and
  3. Orders relating to the well-being of the child (such as essential medical decisions, urgent issues relating to parenting, contact or communication with a child that cannot be reasonably delayed).

If you are faced with a situation that falls within one of the above categories, you are not without recourse to the courts and should consider taking action to enforce your rights as a parent and preserve the health and well-being of your children.  Our lawyers and staff are here to help you.

Mediation and Arbitration and Parenting Coordination

If getting into court is not an option, there are still other ways to address family law matters and issues that cause division between parents.  Baker Newby LLP has lawyers who are certified by the Law Society of British Columbia as mediators and arbitrators and parenting coordinators. Disputes can be addressed outside of the courtroom and they can be dealt with quickly and often less expensively than going to court.



Baker Newby LLP is proud to offer an array of Family Law services. Our lawyers provide a full range of Family Law services from drafting up agreements to complex divorce trials. We are also able to assist you in matters such as adoptions, spousal property transfers, family farm business arrangements, separation agreements, preparation of wills, and all other family law problems.

Our lawyers work closely with experts such as accountants, business valuators, real estate appraisers, tax specialists, pension valuators, psychologists, and family counselors to ensure that even the most complicated issue is dealt with as quickly, efficiently and inexpensively as possible.

Our staff and lawyers are passionate about finding the right solution for you and your family. We are committed to working with you to ensure that you have all the information you need to make informed decisions. At Baker Newby LLP, we focus on the specific needs of each family during this process.


For more information on the type of legal services we offer contact us at (604) 792-1376.