When there is a court order or written agreement for child or spousal support payments, unpaid amounts become a debt that must be paid in the future. People who have had trouble paying support because their income has decreased since January 2020 due to COVID-19 may want to apply to court to change or suspend their support order.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has brought changes in both government policies and court operations that affect peoples’ rights and responsibilities. Because the situation is so fast-moving, changes are being made almost daily.
The Family Justice Services Division of the BC Ministry of the Attorney General has updated the Court on how it will operate during the pandemic. The Division provides a range of services to help resolve family disputes in a fair and timely way. Its in-person services are temporarily not available, but you can still access many of their services by telephone or other virtual means.
There’s a new way for separated couples to resolve parenting disputes! It’s online, confidential and free.
A legal consultation is like a good night’s sleep. You may not know if or when you’ll have one, but there’s no doubt having one will help you face what lies ahead. However, many people worry they can’t afford the cost of consulting a lawyer about a legal problem. There are low-cost legal resources available, but if you don’t know how to find them it could lead to even bigger legal problems.