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Provincial (Family) Court

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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.


This information has been updated to reflect new Provincial Court Family Rules that took effect on May 17, 2021 and amendments since then. 

What you should know

Stages in the court process

Common questions

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in January 2022
  • Time to read: 9 minutes

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

On Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law has more information on Resolving family disputes in the section on Families + Children.