In British Columbia, there are a range of family law services and resources that can help clients move through the separation process – more than 300!
LawCoachBC helps clients make the best use of available services and resources. We help clients prepare before they meet with service providers, and we help ensure the right resources are being used for their situation.
This page provides a short list of the family law services and resources that LawCoachBC most often refers clients to.
This free service provides information and referrals on a range of legal issues, including separation and divorce. Call or chat live weekdays from 11am to 3pm. During offline hours, leave your email address or a phone number to receive a response. Most questions are answered within 1 business day.
Family Justice Centres operate across BC. Each centre is staffed by accredited Family Justice Counsellors, specially trained to help families with parenting arrangements, contact with a child, guardianship, and support issues.
This service, offered by Access Pro Bono, helps connect members of the public with a lawyer who will provide a free consultation for up to 30 minutes. Learn more online or call during office hours on weekdays: 1-800-663-1919.
Some family law lawyers provide a menu of services that you can select from a-la-carte. These are called unbundled legal services or limited scope retainer services. These lawyers do some of the work for you, but you are still responsible for your case and how your separation or divorce moves forward.
Free legal clinics are available throughout BC. Clients who meet the income qualification can attend a family law session in their region.
Mediation is a flexible and informal process that many find considerably less stressful and more affordable than pursuing court-related channels for their separation and divorce. A mediator assists you and your spouse to ensure you have productive conversations and make the decisions you need to move forward.
Transition houses provide emergency, temporary housing for women and children leaving abusive situations. BC Housing provides a list of transition houses across BC.
In Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey, “Friends of Court” provides free access to paralegals who help British Columbians complete family law court forms.
BC Family Justice Services Division provides this service to separated parents to send and receive support payments, as well as take action if payments are in arrears.
This video-based website provides step-by-step assistance for individuals in BC going through separation or divorce. The first section focuses on working it out, and the second section focuses on going to court.
This is a comprehensive BC family law websites that includes a range of guides, publications, and resources, including a tool to help you create a draft separation agreement.
Clicklaw provides a searchable directory of legal information published by more than 50 BC organizations. The family law section includes almost 300 resources and the HelpMap provides contact information for family law service providers.
The Family Justice BC website provides general information about family law in British Columbia, as well as links to a range of services to support families in BC.
This website provides a guided pathway for separation and divorce. It enables users to learn more about the separation process and answer questions in order to produce a parenting plan. Through this website, users can access free mediation services.
The website provides age appropriate information about separation and divorce for parents, teens and kids. It is also the home of the Online Parenting After Separation course and the Online Parenting After Separation Finances course.
This online resource calculates child support and spousal support based the Federal guidelines. In general, the amounts calculated are similar to how the courts would assign support, but they may vary depending on your situation.
This online resource provides practical, in-depth information on family law and divorce law in British Columbia. Written and reviewed by a series of lawyers, it provides a broad range of detailed information on the legal process of separation and divorce in BC.
This court website provides a range of information about cases to be heard in family court. There are resources for self-represented litigants, including links to legislation and court forms, plus a list of terms to include for court orders.