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How you start a matter in Family Court depends on the court registry location and the type of court order you seek.  
 
How you start a matter in Family Court depends on the court registry location and the type of court order you seek.  
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In the Victoria and Surrey registries, you have to [https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/law-crime-and-justice/courthouse-services/court-files-records/court-forms/family/pfa710.pdf file a notice with the court], meet with a family justice counsellor, and satisfy certain requirements ''before'' you can start a court matter. In other court registries in the province, you can start a court matter and then (depending on the registry location) you may have to meet with a counsellor and complete an education program before getting a court date. More on these requirements in a moment.  
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In the Victoria and Surrey registries, you have to [https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/law-crime-and-justice/courthouse-services/court-files-records/court-forms/family/pfa710.pdf file a notice with the court], meet with a family justice counsellor, and satisfy certain requirements ''before'' you can start a court matter. In other court registries in the province, you can start a court matter and then (depending on the registry location) you may have to meet with a family justice counsellor or complete a parenting education program, or do both before getting a court date.
    
In any court registry, if there’s been family violence or you have an urgent parenting issue, you can apply to get into court right away.  
 
In any court registry, if there’s been family violence or you have an urgent parenting issue, you can apply to get into court right away.  
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