Where can I find out more about separation and divorce?
Talking to a family justice counsellor is a good place to start to get information about separation and divorce. For more information about family justice counsellors and other people who can provide in-person and virtual services, see Who Can Help?
Family Law in British Columbia – Legal Aid BC
The Legal Aid BC website Family Law in British Columbia provides information and step-by-step guides to help people solve family law problems.
Information on the site includes:
- Going through separation
- Getting a divorce
- Joint application for an uncontested divorce
- A Separation and divorce section with information about the basics
- Court orders
- A section on Legal help that outlines what it is and how to get it
Legal Aid BC also offers the MyLaw BC website which provides information based on your responses to a series of questions.
Clicklaw – Courthouse Libraries BC
The Clicklaw website provides user-friendly, searchable access to key legal information in B.C., including information about family law. The JP Boyd on Family Law Wikibook also provides in-depth information.
Clicklaw’s HelpMap can help you locate services that can assist with family law problems.
Clicklaw also links you to information and services in other languages.
Dial-A-Law – People's Law School
Helping children and teens understand separation and divorce
Families Change – Ministry of Attorney General and Justice Education Society of BC
Families Change: Guide to Separation and Divorce is a multimedia website designed to help children and teens understand separation and divorce. It also has resources to help parents support their children.
Helping your children understand separation - Ministry of Attorney General
Helping Your Children Understand Separation is a pamphlet for parents. It gives information about how separation affects children and provides ideas about how to help them through a difficult time.
Parenting After Separation - Ministry of Attorney General
Parenting After Separation is a free online course for B.C. parents and other family members who are dealing with separation or divorce and facing decisions like guardianship, parenting arrangements, contact, child support and spousal support.
Parenting After Separation helps:
- Parents make careful and informed decisions about their separation and strategies for dealing with any conflicts that may result from it
- Ensure decisions are in the best interests of their children
You can choose to take Parenting After Separation or Parenting After Separation for Indigenous Families.