Common QuestionsProvincial Court Resources for Everyone: Family Court
Note: For divorce and division of family property, you must go to B.C. Supreme Court.
Living Together or Living Apart | basics of family law in BCFrom Legal Services Society (LSS): Explains what laws apply, which court to go to, issues to consider, and more.
See more resources at familylaw.lss.bc.ca - this website covers both Provincial and Supreme court.
JP Boyd on Family Law | detailed and practical overviewFrom 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:
- Family Law in British Columbia - an introduction.
- Resolving Family Law Problems in Court - explains court proceedings.
Alternatives to Court
Family Court - Dial-a-Law Script | resolve disputes out of courtFrom the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch: 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 in Simplified Chinese and Punjabi, and as an audio/podcast file in English and Mandarin.
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 applicationFrom 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 informationFrom 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.
Preparing for a Family Court Trial in Provincial Court | practice tips and helpFrom the Provincial Court: Trial Procedure, Steps to Prepare, Evidence relevant to various applications or issues, Cross-Examination
Provincial Court: What financial documents do I need and how do I prepare? What is a Form 4?
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