What is the current state of the law on s. 15(1) of the BC Family Law Act, allowing the court to order an investigation into a family matter?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from R.B.S. v. S.A.H., 2005 BCSC 1314 (CanLII):

Subsection 15(1) specifically provides that “the court may, on application, including an application made without notice to any other person, direct an investigation into a family matter…”. Courts have recognized the important role that a s. 15 report can play in shedding light on the circumstances of a child and of the parents, and thereby on the custody and access arrangements which will be in the best interests of that child: see, for example, Gupta v. Gupta, 2001 BCSC 649.

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