A court order is a type of ruling that a judge makes. It sets out what you or the other party in your case must do or not do. An order is usually made after a trial or hearing if you and the other person can't agree on an issue.
If you and the other person agree on what you want the order to say, you can ask a judge for a consent order. Or you can make a separation agreement.
Court orders can be final or interim (temporary). A final order is usually made after a trial, but it can take a long time to get one. Many people apply in Provincial Court or Supreme Court for interim orders while they wait for their final order.
A divorce order is also a final court order (see Getting a divorce for more information about divorce orders).
The steps you can follow if the other person in your case doesn't respond to your application to get or change an order.
The Provincial (Family) Court in Victoria has different processes and forms to the rest of BC. Find out how these changes will affect you if your case is in Victoria.
Orders in BC
Apply to the court to get a new court order.
Apply to the court to:
- change an order, or
- get an order to replace all or part of a separation agreement.
Apply to the court for an order to enforce an existing order or filed agreement.
Resources to help you write a court order made in Provincial or Supreme Court.
If you think there's been a mistake or misunderstanding, you can try to appeal an order. But it's difficult and there are time limits. Find out more about appealing court orders.
Orders outside BC
Our guides are based on BC law. There might be different rules or processes if:
- you had an order or agreement in BC but now live in a different province or country, or
- you have an order or agreement made in another province or country but now live in BC.