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Find information on family law published by non-profit organizations, the government, and legal professionals in BC. Each topic includes online guides and tools selected by our librarians.

Legal help in BC

Family duty counsel

Legal Aid BC

Lawyers who help people with low incomes deal with their family law issues, including child protection issues if the MCFD is involved, and if you’re going through a separation or divorce. You might qualify for help from family duty counsel in Provincial or Supreme Court even if you don’t qualify for a legal aid lawyer.

Family Justice Centres

Government of British Columbia

Family Justice Centres provide services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce. Family Justice Counsellors help families with parenting arrangements, contact with a child, guardianship, and support issues. They provide short-term counselling, mediation, emergency and community referrals, and other free services.

Family lawyers offering unbundled legal services

Unbundled Legal Services

A list of family lawyers and paralegals who will perform select legal tasks if you don’t want or can’t afford full representation. You’ll pay for some assistance depending on what help you want and what you can afford. Professionals are sorted by location. Many of the practitioners on the list provide remote/digital as well as in-person service.

Featured guides

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Family Law in BC

Legal Aid BC

Information and self-help guides on family law in BC. Topics covered include abuse, adoption, child protection/removal, common-law relationships, custody and access, divorce and separation, child support, and spousal support.

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JP Boyd on Family Law

John-Paul Boyd, KC

Written in plain language, with rollover definitions for legal words and phrases, this wikibook provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in British Columbia.

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LSLAP Manual: Family Law

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

This chapter is from the manual used by law students handling cases at LSLAP’s legal clinics. It includes an overview of the family law process, as well as the law relating to marriage, common-law relationships, divorce, support, and adoption.