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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Separation Agreements: Your Rights and Options

West Coast LEAF

Explains the law about fair division of family property or debt when spouses separate, and what you can do if you believe your agreement is unfair. It explains how to prepare a financial statement for court, how to manage your case and work with a lawyer, and where to get free legal help.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Parenting after Separation for Indigenous Families (course)

Government of British Columbia

This free online course is for parents and family members who identify as Indigenous or have children who identify as Indigenous. It helps parents and family members make decisions about caring for their children after separation or divorce. Learn about guardianship, parenting arrangements, contact, spousal and child support, and using mediation.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Parenting after Separation (PAS) Courses

Government of British Columbia

PAS is a free online three-hour course for parents and others who are going through separation or divorce. It helps ensure that your decisions are being made in the best interest of the children. The course may be required if you’re involved with the court. Offered in Punjabi and English and for Indigenous families.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Family Cases

Provincial Court of British Columbia

The Provincial Court handles matters including guardianship of a child, parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, and protection orders. It shares extensive jurisdiction with the Supreme Court under the BC Family Law Act. Find information and guides here.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Do Your Own Uncontested Divorce

Legal Aid BC

Online step-by-step guide to getting a divorce in BC if you both agree about how to deal with your parenting, support, and property and debt issues. Includes links to blank forms you’ll need and instructions about filing them at the registry.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Divorce

Government of Canada

This fact sheet provides general information about getting a divorce in Canada under the federal Divorce Act. This act applies when at least one spouse has resided in a Canadian province or territory for at least one year before they apply for a divorce.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Dividing Property and Debts

People’s Law School

When their relationship ends, spouses are presumed to keep property they brought into the relationship and to share in property they acquired during their relationship. The same goes for debt.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Desk-Order Divorce: The Do-It-Yourself Divorce Process

People’s Law School

If you and your spouse agree on the issues of parenting, support, and property, there is a fast-track way to get a divorce. You can apply for a “desk-order divorce.”

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Deciding Who Will Move Out When You Separate

People’s Law School

Provides information about who will move out when a couple separates. Learn your rights when deciding who goes and who stays — and how to enforce the decision. It also covers information about renting. Find out your next steps, and the answers to some common questions.

Last reviewed March 2024