Support — spousal
Frequently asked questions
Can I get legal aid for my family law problem?
Legal aid in BC, provided by the Legal Services Society (LSS), can take one of three possible forms: legal representation (a lawyer paid by legal aid to take your whole case), legal advice (brief legal advice on just a specific part of your case), or legal information (publications, websites, answers to email questions, etc.).
If you are financially eligible, you may be able to get legal representation and most legal advice for free. The eligibility guidelines for legal advice and for legal representation are separate. Legal information (plus some kinds of legal advice) is free to all British Columbians. If you're reading this page, you've already received a form of legal aid.
To find out more about legal representation for family law problems and what's covered, see the Serious family problems or Child protection matters pages on the LSS website. If you don't qualify for legal representation, you may still be eligible for legal advice services. To find out for sure whether your particular case qualifies for legal representation, go to your local legal aid office (or call the provincial LSS Call Centre) to apply.
Can welfare force me to ask for support from my abusive spouse?
Tell your employment assistance worker or family maintenance worker if you're concerned about a violent spouse. The Ministry of Human Resources has a policy that it won't go after maintenance if you or your children are in danger of violence from your spouse. Also, talk to an advocate before you go to the interview. To find an advocate in your community, see the Map of Advocates on the PovNet website.
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