Common QuestionsHow do I know which court to go to for a family matter?
Figuring out which court you should go to is an important first step in any family law case. Although the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court in BC handle different types of cases, they also handle some of the same types. However, procedures, time frames, costs, and the kinds of orders you can get for each court are different.
Good starting points include:
- The Legal Services Society fact sheet Do You Need to Go to Provincial (Family) Court or Supreme Court? has a chart that compares how the two courts are different for family matters.
- Living Together or Living Apart, from the Legal Services Society, provides an Appendix that explains which court you go to under the Divorce Act and Family Relations Act.
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Last reviewed January 2015
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