Supreme Court Forms (Family Law)
This section has links to the forms that are prescribed by the Supreme Court Family Rules.
Check the section Other Forms and Documents (Family Law) for other forms mentioned in this resource that are required by legislation other than the Supreme Court Family Rules (for example, the Registration of Divorce Proceedings form), or are examples of documents used by people solving family law problems inside or outside of court.
Blank PDF: These forms are fillable forms available from the Ministry of Justice in .PDF format.
Blank Word: These are templates prepared by John-Paul Boyd in Word .DOC format that you can download and prepare on your computer. (Green text shows where you must make a choice, add information or provide an explanation.)
Blank HTML: These are links to the forms as they appear in the text of the rules of court. These forms are good for reference but will be difficult to work with in a word processing program like Word or Pages.
Completed Example: These are examples of what John-Paul's forms look like when they're filled out.
The example forms are based on the pretend court proceeding between John and Jane Doe and are provided for illustration purposes only. These forms show how John and Jane are dealing with their case involving the care of children, child support, spousal support and the division of property and debt, but you can't and shouldn't assume that the way these forms are filled out will apply to your situation.
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Normally referred to as the "Supreme Court of British Columbia," this court hears most court proceedings in this province. The Supreme Court is a court of inherent jurisdiction and is subject to no limits on the sorts of claims it can hear or on the sorts of orders it can make. Decisions of the Provincial Court are appealed to the Supreme Court; decisions of the Supreme Court are appealed to the Court of Appeal. See "Court of Appeal," "jurisdiction," "Provincial Court" and "Supreme Court of Canada."
A court established and staffed by the provincial government, which includes Small Claims Court, Youth Court and Family Court. The Provincial Court is the lowest level of court in British Columbia and is restricted in the sorts of matters it can deal with. It is, however, the most accessible of the two trial courts and no fees are charged to begin or defend a court proceeding. Small Claims Court, for example, cannot deal with claims larger than $25,000, and Family Court cannot deal with the division of family property or matters under the Divorce Act. See "judge" and "jurisdiction."
An act; a statute; a written law made by a government. See "regulations."
The guidelines governing the court process and the conduct of litigation generally. Each court has its own rules of court.
A legal proceeding in which one party sues another for a specific remedy or relief, also called an "action," a "lawsuit" or a "case." A court proceeding for divorce, for example, is a proceeding in which the claimant sues the respondent for the relief of a divorce order.
Money paid by one parent or guardian to another parent or guardian as a contribution toward the cost of a child's living and other expenses.
Money paid by one spouse to another spouse either as a contribution toward the spouse's living expenses or to compensate the spouse for the economic consequences of decisions made by the spouses during their relationship.
Something which can be owned. See "chattels" and "real property."
A sum of money or an obligation owed by one person to another. A "debtor" is a person responsible for paying a debt; a "creditor" is the person to whom the debt is owed.