Your Options

Court is just one option for settling family law issues.

Although not all cases can be appropriately resolved out-of-court, most couples do not need to enter a courtroom. Even when family court cases are started, most settle out-of-court.

In this section, you will learn about co-operative approaches to settling your family law issues outside of court and find out about what to do if you have to go to court, and how a lawyer can help you.

Court puts you and your spouse on opposite sides in front of a judge who will make decisions about your family for you. Sometimes court is necessary, but in most cases families can come to an agreement about their own family law problems.

Legal Help & Advice

Check out these resources from the Legal Services Society:

Visit a Justice Access Centre:

Talk with a family justice counsellor at a Family Justice Centre.

Other Legal Resources

Child Support Information

International Child Abduction

British Columbia has a central authority that assists left-behind parents whose children have been abducted across international borders.

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