Resource Directory for Legal Information & Services

Family & Child Support

Government of BC

This website provides general information about family law in British Columbia. It includes information for people considering changes in their family relationships such as separation and divorce, and may be of interest to people thinking of marrying someone, or living with someone in a marriage-like relationship.

Justice Education Society

Whether you are working it out, or going to court, it is important to know your basic rights and responsibilities as a spouse and a parent.

Government of BC

FMEP is a free service of the BC Ministry of Justice helping families and children entitled to support under a maintenance order or agreement.

Supreme Court BC

Online help guide for parents who have gone through a separation from their partner.

Government of Canada

A step-by-step guide to federal child support, from the Department of Justice.

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Free Legal Advice

North Shore Women's Centre

Female family law lawyers provide private legal information and advice consultation for one hour on family law issues. This program is available to women whose personal annual income is below $45,000 after taxes. 

West Coast LEAF

Rise provides women with legal assistance in family law and related areas. Upper-year law students and lawyers work together at Rise to provide women with legal advice, help them file documents in court, represent them in Provincial Court in some cases, and generally support them to enforce their legal rights under family law.

Access Pro Bono

Visit their website, or call: 604-878-7400 or 1-800-762-6664. 

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Legal Advocacy

Battered Women's Support Services

A comprehensive program that includes:

  • Legal Advice and Full Representation

  • Family Law Clinic

  • The National Inquiry into MMIWG

  • Legal Advocacy Workshops

  • Court Forms Preparation Clinic

  • *Upcoming* MCFD Advocacy Clinics

North Shore Community Resources

The North Shore Legal Advocacy Program provides legal information and assistance on poverty law issues to people on the North Shore with low incomes, mental or physical disabilities, and others who have difficulties accessing legal services. It serves the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, Bowen Island, and Lions Bay.

Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

We assist women experiencing sexual assault or abuse (physical, emotional, psychology and or/financial) stalking, hate crimes, threats, damages to their property, and any other offences related to an abusive relationships.

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Legal Aid

Legal Services Society

Legal aid services and extensive resources are available on their website. 

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Legal Education 

Family Law in British Columbia

This website contains fact sheets and publications with information about family law in BC. This includes 'frequently asked questions, who can help you, navigating through court, and more. 

Clicklaw

This website provides equal access to legal help for people in BC on one centralized space on the web.

Legal Services Society

MyLawBC has pathways in order to help you create a separation plan, get interim or consent orders, as well as what to do if you've been served with court documents. 

West Coast LEAF

West Coast LEAF is the first and only organization in BC dedicated to promoting women’s equality through the law. Working since 1985 to end discrimination against women through equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education.

Immigrant Legal

Free legal information, education, and resources for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. Services offered in English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Farsi, and Punjabi. Services include:

  • Legal advocacy.

  • Legal dictionary.

  • Free/low-cost lawyers.

Battered Women's Support Services

A resource for women who have been abused by their partner and arrested by the police.

Battered Women's Support Services

This toolkit has been developed by Immigrant women for other Immigrant women going through the legal system.

Department of Justice Canada

The basics on what criminal harassment is, and what you can legally do about it. 

West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF), British Columbia

What the law says about online harassment and abuse.

Government of British Columbia

Basic information on stalking and what to do to keep yourself safe. 

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Legal and Court Proceedings

Ministry of Justice

A Victim Impact Statement is a written description of how a crime has affected the victim. A Victim Impact Statement does not include a description of the crime or how the crime occurred. The Victim Impact Statement is used at sentencing if the accused is found guilty or pleads guilty.

Victim Impact Statement forms can be found in many different languages: 

Government of the Northwest Territories