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Children born outside of marriage

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Under BC law, a child born outside of marriage is treated the same as a child born to married parents. However, there are some implications for parents and other practical considerations for parents who have children born outside of marriage.


This information has been updated to reflect new Provincial Court Family Rules that took effect on May 17, 2021.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in May 2021
  • Time to read: 11 minutes

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Samantha Rapoport, Brown Henderson Melbye

Samantha Rapoport, Brown Henderson Melbye

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

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