Resources for Family Cases

Resolving disputes out of court
Getting a lawyer or legal advice
Guided pathways (online planning, dispute resolution and case preparation)
Information on family law
Child protection matters
Child support information
Court forms
Preparing for a family court trial
Wording of court orders
Laws (also called statutes or legislation)
Other pages on this website


Resolving disputes out of court
(also called “Alternate Dispute Resolution” or “ADR”)

Getting a lawyer or legal advice

  • Lawyer Referral Service - consult with a lawyer for 30 minutes for $25+ tax
  • Family LawLine – lawyers provide legal advice by telephone, help preparing documents and coaching for court appearances in this Legal Services Society service for people with limited income and eligible family law problems
  • How to apply for Legal Aid - the Legal Services Society (“LSS”) provides free lawyers for some family issues to people who meet financial criteria - LSS also provides Family Court Duty Counsel services in many courthouses around the province
  • LSS Call Centre - phone to find out if you qualify for Legal Aid services - telephone interpreters can be arranged for people who don’t speak English
  • Access Pro Bono - free legal advice and lawyers’ services
  • Roster of family lawyers & paralegals offering unbundled services

Guided pathways (online planning, dispute resolution and case preparation)

  • MyLawBC – from Legal Services Society, an interactive website about separation, divorce, family matters, and abuse & family violence. Its guided pathways identify the next steps you need to take, and resources and services to help. Resources include the Dialogue Tool to make a fair and lasting separation agreement.

Information on family law

Child protection matters

  • CFCSA flowchart (black & white, suitable for printing) – chart shows possible stages and orders in child protection proceedings under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, with notes – statute sections are hyperlinked to the Act
  • CFCSA flowchart (colour)

Child support information

Court forms

  • Family court forms BC Ministry of Justice collection of forms for Adult Guardianship Act; Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA); Court Order Enforcement Act; Family Maintenance Enforcement Act; Family Maintenance Enforcement Act Regulation; Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act; Provincial Court (Family) Rules (applying to the Family Law Act); and general forms
  • Without Notice Application Checklist for litigants - when you file a Family Law Act application without notice to the other party in Provincial Court, you will be asked to fill out this form to help a judge determine the urgency of your application

Preparing for a family court trial

Wording of court orders
Picklists are lists of standardized terms for court orders. They are stored in courtroom computers so a Court Clerk can use them to quickly and accurately capture the order a judge makes. When a judge decides to change the standard wording, a Court Clerk can edit the term accordingly. Picklists include letter and number codes that help the Court Clerk find a term quickly.

Laws (also called statutes or legislation)

Other pages on this website

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