Resources for Family Cases

Note: Since May 2020, conferences in family and small claims matters are being conducted by telephone, audio- or video-conference. See Virtual conferences and hearings (by phone or video) for more information.

Resolving disputes out of court
Early Resolution and Case Management Procedures (used in Victoria and Surrey Provincial Court Registries)
Getting a lawyer or legal advice
Guided pathways (online planning, dispute resolution and case preparation)
Family Law Act Matters
Choosing a court for Family Law Act matters
Adult Guardianship
Child protection matters
Child and spousal support
Court forms
Preparing for a family court trial
Picklists - Standard Wording of Family 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”)

Early Resolution and Case Management Procedures (used in Victoria and Surrey Provincial Court Registries)

Getting a lawyer or legal advice

  • Legal Aid BC - a non-profit organization providing legal information, advice and lawyers for people with low incomes.
  • AC Friendship Society - offers free workshops to help people complete legal forms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they provide online workshops, with help by phone for victims of gendered violence and people who can’t use computers.
  • Access Pro Bono - free legal advice and lawyers’ services
  • Ask JES – free service from BC Justice Education Society providing answers to legal questions by live chat, phone or email Monday to Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Family Court Duty Counsel - Legal Aid BC provides free legal advice and/or limited legal services to people with low incomes in many courthouses around the province
  • Family LawLine – lawyers provide legal advice by telephone, help preparing documents and coaching for court appearances in this Legal Aid service for people with limited income and eligible family law problems
  • How to apply for Legal Aid - Legal Aid BC provides free lawyers for some family issues to people who meet financial criteria
  • Lawyer Referral Service - free 30 minute consultation with a lawyer
  • Legal Aid BC - a non-profit organization providing legal information, advice and lawyers for people with low incomes.
  • Legal Aid 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
  • Rise Women’s Legal Centre – free legal services by law students supervised by lawyers, for people around BC who self-identify as women
  • Roster of family lawyers & paralegals offering unbundled services - Some BC family lawyers are offering “unbundled” legal services. They will help you develop a plan to resolve your problems and divide the tasks as you wish, doing only the tasks you hire them for.

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

  • MyLawBC – from Legal Aid BC, an interactive website about separation, divorce, family matters, and abuse & family violence. It asks you questions and uses your answers to give you a personalized action plan with steps you need to take, and services and resources to help. It includes Dialogue and Mediation Tools to help resolve disputed issues and/or create a separation agreement.

Family Law Act Matters

Choosing a court for Family Law Act matters

Adult Guardianship

  • Adult Guardianship Fact Sheets - Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre
  • Adult Guardianship - Seniors First web page with plain language introduction to Adult Guardianship and Committeeship, links to other info, resources for professionals

Child protection matters

Child and spousal support

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
  • Early Resolution and Case Management Model forms (used only in Surrey and Victoria Provincial Court registries)
  • Without Notice Application Checklist for litigants ("ex parte" applications) - 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

Picklists - Standard Wording of Family 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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This website provides general information only and should not be used as legal advice. Updated October, 2020