Which guide should I choose? Is there a self-help guide for my situation?

If you're wondering which link to choose on this site, here are some tips on how to find the guide or fact sheet you need.

If you and your spouse agree about how you want to resolve all your family law issues

And you want to put your agreement in writing

AND

And you want to get a divorce

And you want to get a court order that reflects your agreement, without a divorce order

If you need a protection order

See How to apply for a family law protection order

If you and your spouse can't agree on how to settle your family law issues, including parenting and/or support

OR

If you want to change an existing family order (for parenting and/or support)

And the other party agrees with the change

OR

And the other party does not agree with the change

If you want to get a temporary or interim family order while you work things out or figure out your next steps

And the other party agrees with the order

And the other party does not agree with the order

If you want to get court documents to the other party

And the other party lives in BC and you know how to find him or her

And you can't find the other party or you don't know where he or she is

And the other party lives outside BC

If you need help drafting a Supreme Court affidavit

See How to draft an affidavit

If you need help drafting a Supreme Court order

See How to draft a Supreme Court order

If you filed documents to start a family law case in Supreme Court but you haven't taken any more steps in the past year and want to restart the case

See How to use a Notice of Intention to Proceed (Form F48).

If you can't afford to pay Supreme Court fees

See How to get an order to waive fees in Supreme Court.

If you've been given (served with) court documents and you're not sure what to do next

If you received a Notice of Family Claim (Form F3) asking for a divorce, and you don't agree with what the claimant is asking for

If you received a Notice of Family Claim (Form F3) asking for a divorce, and you agree with what the claimant is asking for

If you received an Application (Form F31) asking for interim family orders

AND

If you received a Notice of Judicial Case Conference (Form F19) requiring you to attend a Judicial Case Conference

If you received a Notice of Application (Form F31) to change an existing order

If you received an Application to Obtain an Order (Form 1) to get an initial family order

If you received an Application Respecting Existing Orders or Agreements (Form 2) to change an existing order

If you need help representing yourself in a Supreme Court trial

AND

If you've been served with a summons for a committal hearing because you haven't paid maintenance (child and/or spousal support) that you owe

See See How to deal with a committal hearing (because you've fallen behind in your support payments).

If you're having trouble looking after your children and want to ask the Ministry of Children and Family Development for help

See How to ask the ministry for help.

If your child has been — or may be — taken away from you by the Ministry of Children and Family Development

See How to get help if someone reports you to the ministry.

If you're dealing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and have a complaint about the process or how you’re being treated

See How to make a complaint against the ministry.

Important: These self-help guides are for information only. They don't take the place of legal advice. The information here is believed to be correct as of the date it was put online, but the law is always changing. If possible, get legal advice to make sure the information in these guides is accurate and that you understand exactly what your rights are.