Your frequently asked questions
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- Aboriginal people
Information about family law (including child protection) addressed specifically to Aboriginal people.
- Abuse & family violence
Abuse in relationships includes behaviour ranging from threats to physical or sexual assault, and may also include harmful financial, emotional, and verbal actions. Abuse can be physical, emotional or verbal, psychological, sexual, and/or financial.
When you adopt a child, you take over parenting, usually from the birth parent(s), who stop having any parental rights and responsibilities (unless it's a step-parent adoption, where the step-parent becomes a joint parent with the birth parent). This process creates new and permanent family ties.
- Child protection/removal
If a child's safety is at risk, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (or an Aboriginal delegated agency) must look into it. If necessary, the ministry must take the child from the home.
- Children & teens
Information about family law (including child protection) addressed specifically to children and teens.
- Common-law relationships
The term "common-law relationship" is often used to refer to a marriage-like relationship that has lasted a certain length of time, usually one or two years. Used in some federal laws to refer to a marriage-like relationship of a year or longer.
- Court forms
About the court forms you might need to fill out for your family law case.
- Divorce & separation
Divorce is the end of a legal marriage. To get a divorce, you must go through a legal process and get a court order that says the marriage has ended. Separation is the first step of that process.
Information about family law addressed specifically to grandparents or other relatives (or addressed to parents, but also applies to grandparents or relatives).
Information about family law addressed specifically to immigrants or available in languages other than English.
- Legal system & courts
Information about dealing with the family law legal system and courts.
- Parenting, custody & access
Parenting includes contact with a child, guardianship, parental responsibilities, and parenting time (BC Family Law Act); and access and custody (federal Divorce Act), and covers who has the right and responsibility to make decisions about the child, and guardians' and non-guardians' time with the child.
- Staying out of court
Information to help you deal with your family law case wihout going to court.
- Support — child
Money paid by one parent or guardian to another parent or guardian as financial support for the children after separation.
- Support — spousal
Money paid by one spouse to the other spouse as financial support.
About technical issues you might encounter on this site.