Common Questions

I have started a family court case. How will the new Family Law Act affect my case?

The Family Law Act came into effect on March 18, 2013. The new Act will affect some issues in family cases that were started before that date.

Good starting points include:

  • Frequently asked questions about the new BC Family Law Act, from the Legal Services Society's Family Law Website, includes information on what happens if you started a case before the new law came into effect.
  • 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.
  • JP Boyd on Family Law, from Vancouver lawyer John-Paul Boyd, is a Clicklaw Wikibook that provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law. Written in plain language, it is fully up to date with the Family Law Act, and includes a chapter explaining the new legislation in detail.
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Need more help?
  • 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.

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Last reviewed January 2017

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