Where can I find out more about separation and divorce?

Last updated on December 21, 2023

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:

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 lawThe 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

The Dial-A-Law website is a service of the People's Law School. It offers information on family law topics including separation and divorce.

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 courses are free online courses for B.C. parents and other family members who are dealing with separation or divorce and facing decisions about 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 for Indigenous Families or Parenting After Separation (in Punjabi and English).

Legal Help and Advice

Check out these resources from Legal Aid BC:

Visit a Justice Access Centre:

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

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