Common Questions

Where do I start for information on Family Court?
Last reviewed by Clicklaw Editors in April 2019

Find helpful info on family matters you can deal with in BC Provincial Court here: guardianship, parenting arrangements, child/spousal support, protection orders and more.

Note: Most of these matters can also be dealt with in Supreme Court. For divorce and division of family property, you must go to BC Supreme Court.

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An Overview

Living Together or Living Apart basics of family law in BC

From Legal Services Society (LSS): Explains what laws apply, which court to go to, issues to consider, and more.
See more resources at - this website covers both Provincial and Supreme court.

MyLawBC guided pathways for legal solutions

From Legal Services Society (LSS): Answer questions to get help with legal problems. Includes a "get family (court) orders" pathway, and what to do after "I've been served with a court document."

JP Boyd on Family Law | detailed and practical overview

From the Clicklaw Wikibooks: Plain-language manual. JP Boyd is a well-known family law expert and the founding author of this Clicklaw Wikibook, which is updated by BC lawyers. Access filled examples of Court Forms. Chapters include:

Familes Change guide for separation and divorce

From Justice Education Society (JES): Information to help parents, teens, and kids deal with a family break up. Includes Parenting After Separation course that covers key legal rights and responsibilities.

Alternatives to Court

Family Court - Dial-a-Law Script | resolve disputes out of court

From People's Law School: You may be able to resolve your family law issue without going to court. This script introduces mediation and other ways you can settle out of court.
  • Also available as a Clicklaw Wikibook, via telephone (call 1-800-565-5297), and as an audio recording.

Alternatives to Court | alternate dispute resolution or "ADR"

From the Provincial Court: This resource includes information about ways to resolve disputes through mediation services like Family Justice Counsellors, as well as ways to resolve cases in child protection matters.

Preparing for Court

Self Help Guides | make or respond to a court application

From Legal Services Society (LSS): Guides to help you with the following applications: Filing and Setting Aside Agreements, Child protection/removal, Court fees, Drafting affidavits & court orders, Enforcement, FMEP (committal hearings), Family orders (parenting, support, property), Financial Statements (Form 4), Serving documents, etc.

How to Prepare for a Trial in Provincial Court | general trial information

From Legal Services Society (LSS): Roles in the courtroom, Steps during a trial, How to prepare a trial book, etc.

  • More LSS Fact Sheets available under "Legal System & Courts": e.g. Filling out court forms – who can help; Tips about Provincial Court orders; Family Case Conference checklist.

Family Cases | hear from the Provincial Court

From the Provincial Court:
  • Preparing for a Family Court Trial in Provincial Court: Trial Procedure, Evidence relevant to various applications or issues, Cross-Examination.
  • Financial Documents for Family Court: What financial documents do I need and how do I prepare? What is a Form 4?
  • Without Notice Application Checklist for litigants: When you file a Family Law Act application without notice to the other party, you will be asked to fill out this form to help a judge determine the urgency of your application.

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