Self-help guides

These self-help guides show you step-by-step how to make or respond to a court application. If you're unsure which one applies to you:

Divorce

You can get a divorce without appearing in court.

Do your own undefended (uncontested) divorce (Supreme Court)
All the documents you need to apply for a desk-order divorce in BC, if you and your spouse agree about all related family issues. Instructions for applying on your own or together with your spouse.

Get a copy of your marriage certificate
How to get a copy of your marriage certificate (needed for a divorce) if you were married in BC, in another province, or in another country.

Agreements

If you both agree about family issues, you can put that into a written legal agreement.

File your agreement in Provincial Court
How to create a court file for your Provincial Court case by taking your signed agreement to the court registry.

File your agreement in Supreme Court
How to create a court file for your Supreme Court case by taking your signed agreement to the court registry.

Set aside all or part of an agreement (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to ask the court to change an agreement by replacing all or part of it with a new court order.

Write your own separation agreement
How to write a legally binding separation agreement if you're going through separation and/or divorce. If you and your spouse can work together, consider using the MyLawBC Dialogue Tool instead.

Child protection/removal

Getting help with matters involving the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCF) and child protection.

Ask the ministry for help
If you're having trouble looking after your children, you can ask MCF for help.

Get help if someone reports you to the ministry
If your children have been or may be taken by MCF or a delegated Aboriginal agency, learn about your rights and responsibilities, the ministry, and court process.

Make a complaint against the ministry
How to make a complaint about the process or how you're being treated when you're dealing with MCF.

Court fees (trouble paying)

Get an order to waive fees (Supreme Court)
How to apply for a court order called "an order to waive fees" that will excuse you from having to pay court fees if you can't afford them.

Draft an affidavit

Draft an affidavit (Supreme Court)

Draft a court order

Draft a Supreme Court order

Enforce a parenting agreement or order

Enforce a parenting agreement or order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to apply for a court order to enforce your parenting order.

Family Maintenance Enforcement Program

BC Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) staff can collect and track child/spousal support payments included in court orders and agreements.

Deal with a committal hearing (for payors)
How to prepare for a committal hearing, options to avoid the hearing, what you have to explain to the judge, how to apply to change an order, and how the judge might rule at the hearing.

Family orders if you can agree

Whether or not you're applying for divorce, you can get a consent order about your family issues (parenting, child/spousal support, division of property/debts).

Get a final family order

Get a final family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to apply for a final family consent order about parenting, support, or property.

Get an interim family order

Start a family law case to get a new order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
Steps to take before you can apply for an interim family consent order about parenting or support.

Get an interim family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to get a temporary order for parenting or support arrangements until a judge can make a final family order.

Change a family order

Change a family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to apply to change an existing court order.

Family orders if you can't agree

Whether or not you're applying for divorce, you can get a court order about your family issues (parenting, child/spousal support, division of property/debts).

Get a final family order

Start a family law case to get a new order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
Steps to take before you can apply for a final family order about parenting or support.

Get a final family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to apply for a court order to decide your parenting or support issues.

Get an interim family order

Start a family law case to get a new order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
Steps to take before you can apply for an interim family order about parenting or support.

Get an interim family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to get a temporary court order for parenting or support arrangements until a judge can make a final order.

Change a family order

Start a family law case to change an order (Provincial Court)
Steps to take before you can apply to change an existing Provincial Court family order.

Change a family order (Provincial or Supreme Court)
How to apply to change an existing order.

Change a support order (Divorce Act) made outside BC
How to apply to a BC court to change an order for child or spousal support made under the Divorce Act in a divorce proceeding in another province.

Financial Statement forms

Deal with a Provincial Court Financial Statement (Form 4)
When to prepare a Provincial Court Financial Statement form, how to fill it out, and what documents to include.

Deal with a Supreme Court Financial Statement (Form F8)
When to prepare a Supreme Court Financial Statement, how to fill it out, and what documents to include.

Judicial Case Conference

Deal with a Judicial Case Conference (Supreme Court)
How to prepare for a Judicial Case Conference meeting to work things out together with a judge or master without having to go to court.

Protection orders

Apply for a family law protection order
How to apply for a court order to protect yourself from a family member.

Restart a Supreme Court family law case

Use a Supreme Court Notice of Intention to Proceed (Form F48)
How to use this form if there's been a long delay in your Supreme Court case and you want to start it up again.

Serve documents

When making a court application, you're often required to serve documents on the other person(s) involved.

Serve Provincial Court documents
The two ways to get documents to the other party/parties in your Provincial Court case, and how to figure out which method to use.

Serve Supreme Court documents
The two ways to get documents to the other party/parties in your Supreme Court case, and how to figure out which method to use.

Serve court documents outside BC (Provincial or Supreme Court)
The two ways to get documents to the other party/parties in your court case if they live outside BC, and how to know which method to use.

Arrange for alternative (substitutional) service (Provincial or Supreme Court)
If the other party is avoiding service or not available, how to ask the court to allow you to deliver the documents in another way.

Supreme Court trials

How to schedule and prepare for your Supreme Court trial
Steps required to prepare for and schedule a Supreme Court trial, with a timeline of significant deadlines, plus videos about the Supreme Court process.