Family Law Resources

Find help with family law issues including divorce, custody issues and child safety.

BC Family Unbundling Roster
​Find a lawyer or paralegal that that will provide help for certain aspects of your legal issue. It’s a more affordable way of getting legal help since you pay for only what you need. Individual lawyers and paralegals on this list have chosen to provide this service. 

Desk Order divorce
Basic guide to doing  your own uncontested divorce.

Do Your Own Uncontested Divorce
Basic guide to doing  your own uncontested divorce.

Family Duty Counsel
14340 – 57 Avenue Surrey, BC V3X 1B2
Tel: 604-595-4379
Duty counsel lawyers provide free assistance for qualifying low income individuals with their family law problems, including child protection issues (if the Ministry of Children and Family Development becomes involved with your family). Can give advice and may speak on your behalf in court on simple matters.  They can also attend family case conferences at some courts. They will not take on your whole case and will not represent you at a trial.

Family Law in British Columbia
Great website for family law issues. Also has a chat help service that offers live help finding resources.  Also have fact sheets and self help guides that walk you through making court applications.

Family Law Line
Tel: 1-866-577-2525 or 604-408-2172
If you are of low income and have a family law issue, you may be eligible for free advice over the phone. Family Law LINE lawyers give brief "next step" advice about issues such as custody, access, guardianship, child support, spousal support, property division, family agreements, adoption, and court procedures. Interpreters available.

JP Boyd on Family Law—ClickLaw Wikibooks
Provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in BC. Available online with links to forms, and in print at the library.

Ministry of Justice e-Divorce
Guides you through an online joint divorce. Joint divorce means making an application for a divorce together with your spouse. It means that you and your spouse agree about getting a divorce and that you agree about all of the family law issues relevant to your situation, such as spousal support, and the division of family property and debts.

Parenting After Separation Workshops & Handbook
Free online workshops that help parents make informed decisions about separation which consider their children’s best interests. Also free downloadable PDF handbook.

Newton Town Centre Parent Legal Centre
308 – 7337 137th Street Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Tel: 604-595-4360
Helps parents address social workers concerns about their children’s safety.  Lawyers and advocates will help you through the process, represent you  and make sure you know your rights.

Surrey Justice Access Centre
14340 57th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3X 1B2  (3rd Floor)
Tel: 604-501-3100 
Information on the court process, mediation and help with applications. They provide neutral and confidential services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce.

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