Some definitions are specific to the Province of British Columbia.
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Access: Under the Divorce Act, access is a term to describe a parent’s right to spend time with children who lives with the other parent and to receive information regarding the children’s health, education and welfare. This term is not limited to parents. It also applies to grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives. (See also Contact with a child)
Administrator (Estate Trustee): When a person has died without a will, or has an Executor named in his or her will, the court appoints a person to administer the Estate.
Common-law: In British Columbia, this term is not recognized; couples that live together 'common-law' are considered to be in a marriage-like relationship (see also Spouses)
Contact (with a child): Under the Family Law Act, this term is used to describe the time that someone who is not a guardian is able to spend time with a child. It applies to grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Divorce: The legal end of a marriage; to get a divorce, parties must go through a court process to have the court grant an order to terminate the marriage.
Divorce Act: A federal statue governing divorce, child custody and support in divorce cases in Canada.
Executor (m) / Executrix (f): The person named by the Testator of the Will to carry out the directions of the Will, after the death of the Testator in matters pertaining to the estate and debts of the deceased person.
Estate: Assets that a person owned during their life or after death, had a legal interest in, or to which was otherwise entitled. (See also Will)
Family Law Act: Provincial legislation that governs guardianship, parental responsibilities and contact with minor children, child support, spousal support and division of property and debt.
Intestate: Without a Will, a party dies 'intestate'.
Jurisdiction: The authority of the courts to hear matters and make orders is restricted by territorial limits of court’s authority, geographical location of a court and the limits of the judicial official.
Mediation: An alternative dispute resolution process where parties have a neutral third-party, the Mediator, assist them in reaching an agreement. Mediation is used in family matters (Family Mediator) and other civil matters.
Order: A type of court ruling made by a Judge or Master that explains what parties must do, or they cannot do. Orders can be final or interim.
Personal Service: The delivery of legal documents / court documents to the party or parties involved in the dispute 'in person' - as opposed to by email or courier. (See also Ordinary Service)