Common Questions

I want to learn about the new BC Family Law Act

The Family Law Act came into force on March 18, 2013. If you are in the middle of resolving a family law issue, the new law can affect you in many ways. You need to understand the terminology introduced by the new Act and the changes it brings about.

Good starting points include:

  • The New BC Family Law Act - FAQs, from Legal Services Society, is a fact sheet that briefly answers questions about your court case, issues about children, property & debt, new legal terms, and support payments.
  • Guide to the New BC Family Law Act, from Legal Services Society, describes some of the important changes that the Family Law Act brings about.
  • JP Boyd on Family Law, from JP Boyd, is a Clicklaw Wikibook that provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law. Written in plain language, with rollover definitions for legal terms, it is fully up to date with the Family Law Act.

Need more help?

  • Family Justice Centres, from the provincial government, has family justice counsellors who can help parents resolve disagreements without going to court. They provide short-term counselling, mediation, and referrals, but not legal advice.
  • Family LawLINE, by Legal Services Society, is run by lawyers who give legal advice about family law issues such as parenting time or contact/access, guardianship/custody, child support, spousal support, property division, family agreements, adoption, and court procedures. To be considered for this service, call the LSS Call Centre at the hours listed on the HelpMap.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed January 2017

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