Going to Supreme Court

Only Supreme Court can handle divorce and property division issues. If you need to apply to court for an order about one of these issues, you must go to Supreme Court. The Supreme Court can deal with all family law issues.

Divorces are granted under the federal Divorce Act. If you are seeking a divorce, you can apply to the Supreme Court to settle your other family law issues, such as support and parenting arrangements, under the Divorce Act or under the provincial Family Law Act. The Family Law Act is usually better for settling these issues because it is tailored to respond to the needs of families.

The Legal Services Society website Family Law in British Columbia has information about going to court. It includes information about court processes and how to apply for orders in court. The explanations about court processes will interest anyone going to Supreme Court, with or without a lawyer.

The Family Law in British Columbia website also has self-help guides for going to Supreme Court on a variety of family law matters.