Ministry of Justice

Family, Divorce and Family Law Protection Orders

Matters of divorce, child custody, guardianship, parenting arrangements child and spousal support, and family law protection orders are handled in family court, which may take place in the Provincial Court of B.C. or in B.C. Supreme Court.

On March 18, 2013, a new Family Law Act came into effect in British Columbia. The new act includes modernized approaches for family disputes, new processes for family proceedings and new family law terminology.

Information on family law, divorce, and family law protection orders in British Columbia, and on the Family Law Act, is available here.

A family law protection order is an order made by a judge to protect one family member from another family member where there is a risk of family violence. The order is made under the Family Law Act. For more information on how to apply for a family law protection order, the following resources are available:

  • JusticeBC website Keeping your Family Safe
  • Legal Services Society booklet, For your Protection
  • Legal Services Society Family Law website self-help guide, How to apply for a family law protection order

Information on how to obtain a divorce certificate and family law forms are available on this site.

The public can also access information in person at three Justice Access Centres:

The Provincial Court has written a guide for self-represented litigants preparing for a family court trial in Provincial Court and is available on the Provincial Court website. (You can find it under Family Matters, Family Matters Useful Lilnks, under the heading "Information on Family Law", or click here for a direct link.) Feedback on the guide may be sent to

In addition, the Legal Services Society Family Law website offers free online resources on family and divorce in B.C.