What is the scope of appeal review in family law matters?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Seibel v Davis, 2017 BCSC 847 (CanLII):

There is a “narrow scope of appellate review” in family law matters: Van de Perre v. Edwards, 2001 SCC 60 at para. 11. Family law decisions are fact-based and discretionary in nature. Appeal courts should show considerable deference to the trial judge who had the benefit of hearing witnesses.

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