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Resolving family disputes

Options to resolve family disputes, from mediation and collaborative law to the court process.

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Changes to the Divorce Act

Changes to the Divorce Act

The federal Divorce Act changed on March 1, 2021. If you’re in the process of getting a divorce, or are married and thinking about getting a divorce, the new rules apply to you. They apply even if your case started before the changes to the Divorce Act. Learn about some of the important changes to Canada’s divorce law.

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Mediation, collaborative negotiation, and arbitration

Mediation, collaborative negotiation, and arbitration

Going to court over a family law problem can be stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Learn how to use mediation, collaborative negotiation, or arbitration to resolve issues without going to court.

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Provincial (Family) Court

Provincial (Family) Court

If you’re dealing with a family law issue, you may end up in Provincial Court (often called Family Court). There are advantages to using this court instead of BC Supreme Court. Learn what’s involved at each stage.

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Responding to divorce proceedings

Responding to divorce proceedings

If a divorce proceeding has been started against you, you have two choices: do nothing or respond. Learn what’s involved in responding to divorce proceedings in BC.

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Applying for an interim order in a family law case in Supreme Court

Applying for an interim order in a family law case in Supreme Court

A person involved in a family law case may need to get a temporary court order — known as an interim order — to deal with short-term, important, or urgent issues. Learn the process for making an interim application in Supreme Court.

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