Family Law (Covid-19)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on July 13, 2020 - 05:30 PM PDT.


This page provides links to online resources dealing with the ways Covid-19 public health directives are affecting the lives of British Columbians.

This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.

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Find information on the filing of court documents and applications during the recovery of court operations here: BC Courts: Court Filings & Procedures






Common Legal Questions

Legal Services Society: Coronavirus Updates

  • General information on Family Law Matters effected by Coronavirus including how to contact Parent Legal Centres, Family Duty Council and Justice Access Centres.

Legal Service Society: Legal Aid BC's Family Law in BC: Coronavirus and the law

  • Q&A on issues affected by COVID-19 including parenting, children, abuse and family violence, and the courts.

My Law: Getting help without leaving the house series, Online access to justice

  • Online resources including mediation tools, family law resolution tool and dialogue tool.

Justice Education Society, Legal Help BC: Q&A on Family Law

  • A Q&A style article for questions concerning how COVID-10 will effect issues around family law


Separation and Divorce

Government of British Columbia: Online Divorce App

  • This online app helps people complete the documents required for joint-filing divorces in the Supreme Court of BC in cases with or without children. Joint-filed divorces are where both applicants agree on all family law issues relevant to their situation, such as spousal support & the division of property.

The registry is no longer providing in-person service. There are now four options for filing with a Supreme Court Registry:

  • E-filing
  • Fax Filing
  • Mailing
  • Using secure drop box at the registry locations

Supreme Court of British Columbia: Announcement - Changes to Supreme Court Registry

  • For more information on the process of filing documents with the registry see the BC Courts Notice no. 8


Conflict Resolution

Mediation BC: Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service

  • Quarantine conflict resolution service from Mediate BC is for conflicts arising from quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

MyLawBC: Family Resolution Centre

  • The Family Resolution Centre helps couples that are separating or divorcing work with a free professional mediator to make a parenting plan

Family Justice Services Division Family Justice Services Division Response to COVID-19

  • Family Justice Services Division is providing a range of free services by telephone and video conferencing including dispute resolution services over the phone.

Children

Legal Services Society: Legal Aid BC's Family Law in BC: Coronavirus and the law

  • Answers your questions on parenting, and support payments.

Rise Women's Legal Centre: Guidelines for parenting during COVID-19

  • Information and resources for parenting during COVID-19 that also includes contact details for registry and locations that are hearing urgent applications

National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) Template Social Distancing Clauses for Parents

  • Temporary parenting clauses to help parents with existing shared court orders. This resource should be read as legal information and is not legal advice.

Anxiety Canada: Talking to your children about COVID-19

  • Tips for talking to your children about COVID-19

Government of British Columbia Family Maintenance Program: FAQ's from Family Maintenance Program

  • Frequently asked question from the BC Family Maintenance Enforcement Program about COVID-19

Government of British Columbia: Family Justice COVID-19 Legal Questions

  • Provides important information about parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, and obtaining protection orders.

Government of British Columbia: Family Justice Services Division Response to COVID-19

  • Provides information about Family Justice Centre and Justice Access Centre closures, and what services are available by phone and videoconference.

Government of British Columbia: Ministry of Children & Family Development Response to COVID-19

  • Information from The Ministry of Children and Family Development on how they are responding to COVID-19 to ensure children, youth, families, caregivers, service providers, partners and staff have the information they need.


Abuse and Family Violence

Rise Women's Legal Centre: COVID-19

  • Rise Women's Legal Centre physical location is currently closed but they are still available through phone and email.

Battered Women's Support Services: Legal Advocacy and COVID-19

  • Support and legal advocacy services at the Battered Women's Support Services including information on Co-Parenting, staying safe, and contact information for urgent hearings

Domestic Violence Hotline:Staying safe during COVID-19

  • Information and resource on staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic


Filing of Court Documents and Urgent Applications

Find current information on filing of court documents and urgent applications during the recovery of court operations here: Court Filing & Procedures


Family Law

John-Paul Boyd, QC: FMFL06 - COVID-19 and Family Law, Part 1 and FMFL11 - COVID-19 and Family Law, Part 2 (YouTube videos)

  • The author of JP Boyd on Family Law talks about the most common questions people have about the coronavirus and family law problems.

John-Paul Boyd, QC: "Family law cases addressing the COVID-19 pandemic"

  • A digest of the Canadian family law cases dealing with the pandemic as of April 21st, 2020 from the author of JP Boyd on Family Law.



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