Links

The following websites can give you more information about family law matters.

Aboriginal people

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC
Information and publications about the issues that are important to Aboriginal people, including child protection, Gladue rights, First Nations Court, Indian Residential Schools Settlement, and harvesting rights (fishing, hunting, and gathering).

Child Abuse Prevention Website — Aboriginal communities
A section of the Ministry of Children and Family Development's Child Abuse Prevention website that focuses on Aboriginal communities. Also contains links to other Aboriginal resources.

Child Protection Mediation Program (Ministry of Justice)
Provides information about child protection mediation and links to other useful resources.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Delegated Child & Family Service Agencies
Information about the Ministry of Children and Family Development's programs and services for Aboriginal children, youth, and families.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Provides information and resources for Aboriginal children, youth, and families.

Mediate BC
Will find mediators to help in child protection matters. This website has the BC roster of private mediators and information about child protection mediation.

Métis Family Services
Has information and resources to support caregivers who foster Métis and Aboriginal children in care.

Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC — Family and youth services
Information on native courtworker family/youth advocates who help Aboriginal families as they go through the family court process.

Representative for Children and Youth
Information about the supports available for children, youth, and families dealing with the child-serving system and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services
Information and resources about child protection, foster care, and family preservation.

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
Information about child protection, foster care, and family preservation.

Abuse & family violence

BC Association of Community Response Networks
Information about community response networks and the association that supports them, plus resources and links to other sites to help prevent abuse and neglect of all adults 19 and older.

BC's Criminal Justice System (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders, and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system and what services and resources are available.

BC Housing — Women's Transition Housing and Supports
BC Housing provides funding for transition houses, safe houses, and second stage houses, which provide temporary shelter/housing and support services for women (with or without children) who have experienced violence or are at risk of experiencing violence. There is a contact list on the website.

BC Society of Transition Houses
Website of a non-profit association of transition houses, safe houses, second stage houses, and other groups that serve the needs of abused women and their children.

Child Abuse Prevention website (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Helps teens find the resources and support they need.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Department of Justice Canada — Family Violence
Information about all kinds of family violence (directed at children, adults, or seniors), the laws about family violence, and the kind of help that is available to you.

Family Justice — Keeping Your Family Safe (Ministry of Justice)
How to keep you and your children safe when you leave a violent relationship.

International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
An online manual (also available as a PDF) providing information and resources about child abductions by one of the parents.

Keeping Kids Safe (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Sets out what everyone can do to prevent child abuse.

VictimLink BC
A province-wide telephone help line for victims of family and sexual violence, and all other crimes. VictimLink BC is available free to people across BC and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

YWCA Metro Vancouver — Program and Services
Links to many programs and publications, with a focus on women with low incomes and their children, and women leaving abusive relationships.

Adoption

Adoption (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Information about adoption, including how to adopt inside and outside BC, as well as information for adoptive parents, adopted adults, and birth parents.

Adoptive Families Association of BC
Provides support and advice for people before, during, and after the adoption process.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Child protection/removal

Child Abuse Prevention website (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Helps teens find the resources and support they need.

Child Protection Mediation Program (Ministry of Justice)
Provides information about child protection mediation and links to other useful resources.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Extended Family Program
Describes the Extended Family Program, which replaced the Child in the Home of a Relative benefits program offered by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Offers services and financial supports to help improve outcomes for children and youth.

Keeping Kids Safe (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Sets out what everyone can do to prevent child abuse.

Legal Services Society (LSS)
Publications about legal topics, information about how to apply for legal aid, information for lawyers who provide legal aid, and more.

Representative for Children and Youth
Information for children, youth, and families who need help dealing with the child welfare system.

Children & teens

Child Abuse Prevention website (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Helps teens find the resources and support they need.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Extended Family Program
Describes the Extended Family Program, which replaced the Child in the Home of a Relative benefits program offered by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Offers services and financial supports to help improve outcomes for children and youth.

Families Change
Clear and objective information about divorce and separation for children and youth. A Justice Education Society of BC website that includes "A Kids' Guide to Separation and Divorce" (for children aged 5 to 12) and "A Teen Guide to Parental Separation and Divorce."

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Keeping Kids Safe (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
Sets out what everyone can do to prevent child abuse.

Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth (Representative for Children and Youth)
List of links to legal information plus contact details for other services that provide legal information, advice, and representation to children and youth.

Representative for Children and Youth
Information for children, youth, and families who need help dealing with the child welfare system.

Common-law relationships

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Mediation Canada
Information about qualified family mediators and a "Find a mediator" search tool.

Mediate BC
Information about the mediation process, mediation developments and resources in BC, and searchable directories of civil, family, and child protection mediators.

Divorce & separation

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Department of Justice Canada — Divorce and Separation
Information about separation and divorce, including who can divorce in Canada and the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings.

Families Change
Clear and objective information about divorce and separation for children and youth. A Justice Education Society of BC website that includes "A Kids' Guide to Separation and Divorce" (for children aged 5 to 12) and "A Teen Guide to Parental Separation and Divorce."

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Mediation Canada
Information about qualified family mediators and a "Find a mediator" search tool.

Mediate BC
Contains a list of qualified family mediators and information about mediation and how it works.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

Tax Matters Toolkit (Canadian Bar Association)
Two-part online resource that explains the tax rules that apply when you separate or divorce. Topics include spousal and child support, pensions, RRSPs and RRIFs, and child benefits, deductions, and credits. Includes many links to general resources and government forms.

Grandparents/relatives

BC Association of Community Response Networks
Information about community response networks and the association that supports them, plus resources and links to other sites to help prevent abuse and neglect of all adults 19 and older.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support
Advocacy and support to prevent elder abuse and to provide assistance and support to older adults who are, or may be, abused.

Canada Benefits
Government benefits and services.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Department of Justice Canada — Information for Grandparents
Information for grandparents about custody and parenting.

Extended Family Program
Describes the Extended Family Program, which replaced the Child in the Home of a Relative benefits program offered by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Offers services and financial supports to help improve outcomes for children and youth.

Parent Support Services Society of BC
Website intended to promote healthy family relationships by supporting children, parents, and others in parenting roles in BC communities. Includes information about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles and links to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren publications.

SeniorsBC
BC government website for seniors.

Immigrants

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Dial-A-Law
Transcripts of taped information written by lawyers, about various law topics and your rights.

International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
An online manual (also available as a PDF) providing information and resources about child abductions by one of the parents.

Legal Services Society (LSS)
Publications about legal topics, information about how to apply for legal aid, information for lawyers who provide legal aid, and more.

Multilingual Legal Glossary
A glossary of 5,000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in plain language. Terms are searchable in English, with definitions available in Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Legal help & lawyers

Access Pro Bono Society of BC
Access Pro Bono provides free legal help including legal advice clinics throughout BC; a BC-wide roster program providing representation services to individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means; a superior courts civil duty counsel project in Vancouver; and a children's lawyer project.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Family Mediation Canada
Information about an association of lawyers, social workers, and human services and health care professionals who provide mediation relating to separation and divorce and child protection issues, among other things. Also contains a searchable directory of family mediators across Canada (click "Find a Mediator").

Justice Access Centres (Nanaimo, Vancouver, Victoria)
Information about the centres and the services they provide (including information, assessment, mediation, and referrals). The centres can help you solve family law problems without going to court, or prepare you to participate effectively in negotiation, mediation, or the court process.

Lawyer Referral Service
A telephone service that refers callers to lawyers who practise in particular areas of law. You can get a 30-minute consultation meeting with a lawyer for $25 plus taxes. At the meeting, you briefly describe your issue and the lawyer determines whether you have a legal problem.

Legal Services Society (LSS)
Publications about legal topics, information about how to apply for legal aid, information for lawyers who provide legal aid, and more.

Mediate BC
Information about the mediation process, mediation developments and resources in BC, and searchable directories of civil, family, and child protection mediators.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, BC Division, Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program
Information about legal information and advocacy available by telephone, email, or in person to people living with multiple sclerosis in the Lower Mainland (including the Fraser Valley), Victoria, and Kamloops.

Service BC
Information about services (including legal services) available through government agents at Service BC centres across BC.

Vancouver Justice Access Centre Self-Help and Information Services
Information about how the centre can help you prepare to represent yourself in a Supreme Court family or civil case, and links to other legal information websites and services.

Legal research

BC's Criminal Justice System (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders, and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system and what services and resources are available.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII)
A site that allows users to search for Canadian federal and provincial legislation, case law, and some other decisions (for example, from tribunals).

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Society of British Columbia
Analytical articles on various types of law, news from the legal community, information about recent court decisions, and more.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Department of Justice Canada — Enforcing Support
An online summary of the law on enforcing child and spousal support orders in Canada, including links to the relevant federal, provincial, out-of-province/interjurisdictional, and international enforcement legislation. Also includes a glossary of terms and links to provincial support enforcement programs.

Dial-A-Law
Transcripts of taped information written by lawyers, about various law topics and your rights.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Interjurisdictional Support Orders (Ministry of Justice)
Contains information and forms/instructions to get or change support orders when either the recipient or the payor lives outside BC. (This information doesn't apply to orders made under the Divorce Act.)

JP Boyd on Family Law
A comprehensive survey of family law, divorce law, and the court process in BC, maintained by a family lawyer as a public service.

Multilingual Legal Glossary
A glossary of 5,000 Canadian legal and court-related terms in plain language. Terms are searchable in English, with definitions available in Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

People's Law School
Legal information on a variety of topics, including family law, in plain language.

Legal system & courts

BC's Criminal Justice System (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders, and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system and what services and resources are available.

Courthouse Services
Courthouse Services delivers all court administration services in BC.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Provincial Court of BC
Information about Provincial (Family) Court.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

Supreme Court of BC
Information about the Supreme Court of BC.

Supreme Court Scheduling page
Contains links to lists of dates and times available for various Supreme Court processes, including trials and judicial case conferences.

Parenting, custody & access

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Department of Justice Canada — Create a Parenting Plan
Online tools for creating a parenting plan, including a guide on parenting after separation or divorce, a checklist of issues to consider when making a parenting plan, and sample clauses and wording for a parenting plan.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
An online manual (also available as a PDF) providing information and resources about child abductions by one of the parents.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

Staying out of court

Child Protection Mediation (Ministry of Justice)
Provides information about child protection mediation and links to other useful resources.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Dial-A-Law
Transcripts of taped information written by lawyers, about various law topics and your rights.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Mediation Canada
Information about qualified family mediators and a "Find a mediator" search tool.

Mediate BC
Contains a list of qualified family mediators and information about mediation and how it works.

Support — child

Canada Benefits
Government benefits and services.

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Department of Justice Canada — Child Support
Information about child support and the Federal Child Support Guidelines that will allow you to calculate your annual income and figure out how much you should receive or pay.

Department of Justice Canada — Enforcing Support
An online summary of the law on enforcing child and spousal support orders in Canada, including links to the relevant federal, provincial, out-of-province/interjurisdictional, and international enforcement legislation. Also includes a glossary of terms and links to provincial support enforcement programs.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
Website of the provincial government program that helps people collect support payments that were ordered by a judge — contains, among other things, information about the program and the forms needed to register.

Federal Child Support Guidelines
Covers child support orders made in British Columbia — tables and a clear set of rules that courts must use to set child support, based on how much the payor earns and how many children need support. Each province uses a different table.

Federal Child Support Tables

Interjurisdictional Support Orders (Ministry of Justice)
Contains information and forms/instructions to get or change support orders when either the recipient or the payor lives outside BC. (This information doesn't apply to orders made under the Divorce Act.)

MySupportCalculator.ca
Website containing a support calculator, a directory of family lawyers, and FAQ about child/spousal support. The calculator performs simple and basic child and spousal support calculations under Canadian federal law based on the information you provide. It's intended to provide a "ballpark" figure that would then need adjusting in accordance with the specific factors of your case. The Legal Services Society doesn't claim these figures are precise or accurate nor does it endorse the lawyers listed on this site.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

Support — spousal

Clicklaw
Provides links to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. The HelpMap finds people and resources in the community to help with legal problems.

Courthouse Libraries BC
Find out about books, resources, and news related to the law.

Department of Justice Canada — Enforcing Support
An online summary of the law on enforcing child and spousal support orders in Canada, including links to the relevant federal, provincial, out-of-province/interjurisdictional, and international enforcement legislation. Also includes a glossary of terms and links to provincial support enforcement programs.

Department of Justice Canada — Spousal Support
Information about spousal support, including the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and how the courts decide who gets support.

Family Justice (Ministry of Justice)
Basic information on family law topics and alternatives to court for family disputes.

Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
Website of the provincial government program that helps people collect support payments that were ordered by a judge — contains, among other things, information about the program and the forms needed to register.

Interjurisdictional Support Orders (Ministry of Justice)
Contains information and forms/instructions to get or change support orders when either the recipient or the payor lives outside BC — does not apply to orders made under the Divorce Act.

MySupportCalculator.ca
Website containing a support calculator, a directory of family lawyers, and FAQ about child/spousal support. The calculator performs very simple and basic child and spousal support calculations under Canadian federal law based on the information you provide. It's intended to provide a "ballpark" figure that would then need adjusting in accordance with the specific factors of your case. The Legal Services Society doesn't claim these figures are precise or accurate nor does it endorse the lawyers listed on this site.

Representing Yourself in Court (Justice Education Society)
If you're thinking about representing yourself in court, here's a checklist of all the things you need to know.

Supreme Court BC — Online Help Guide
A website especially useful for those who are representing themselves in Supreme Court. It will help you learn about the court system, the specific laws in your case, what you and the other party must prove, what defences you have, and all the possible arguments for your case.

 

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