Does the process cost families more?
On May 17, 2021, the new Provincial Court Family Rules and forms were implemented.
Surrey and Victoria are the only court locations using early resolution (designated as Early Resolution Registries). Other locations may be designated in the future.
The Justice Access Centres will provide legal information, needs assessment, referrals and consensual dispute resolution services free of charge.
People with lower incomes may be eligible for free limited legal advice or representation through Legal Aid BC. Please see these links to find out about the services and who is eligible:
Parties may choose to hire a lawyer, a private family mediator or take part in a collaborative law agreement with private family lawyers.