Legal system

Self-help guides to get a court order



Do it yourself

Self-help guides

Divorce

You can get a divorce without appearing in court.

Do your own undefended (uncontested) divorce in 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 issues. Instructions for applying on your own or together with your spouse.


Affidavits

Draft an affidavit (Supreme Court)


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.


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 in 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.


Enforce a parenting agreement or order

Enforce a parenting agreement or order
How to apply for a court order to enforce your parenting order.


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, and/or 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 a 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.


Financial Statement forms

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

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


Judicial Case Conference

Deal with a Judicial Case Conference
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.


Orders

Draft a Supreme Court order


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 you make a court application, you often have to serve documents on the other person(s) involved.

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

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

Serve court documents outside BC (Provincial or Supreme Court)
Two ways to get documents to the other party/parties in your case if they live outside BC, and how to figure out 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.

Court forms

Court forms (includes sample completed forms)