How to Start your Divorce or Family Law Case in BC Supreme Court?

What Form to Use

To start your divorce or family law case you need to:

  1. complete the Notice of Family Claim form
  2. go to the BC court registry that is closet to your location and file it
  3. serve the other party with the Notice of Family Claim

What to Include in Your Notice of Family Claim

In your Notice of Family Claim, you may include claims for:

  • Divorce
  • Parenting (guardianship/custody, parenting arrangements, parental responsibilities)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Division of family property and debt
  • Determination of excluded property

If you are claiming a divorce, you may also include a claim for name change. You can also ask for a financial restraining order, protection order, and other orders in your Notice of Family Claim.

It is important that you clearly set out your claims in your Notice of Family Claim because you can only amend it once prior to the filing of the notice of trial without needing to get the court’s permission. If you fail to claim something that is important you do not amend your Notice of Family Claim, the judge may refuse to hear you on that claim (i.e. if you miss to claim property division in your Notice of Family Claim, the court may refuse to address your claims for property division on the basis that you failed to claim it in your Notice of Family Claim).

It is always prudent to speak to a lawyer before filing your Notice of Family Claim to ensure that you have prepared and done it correctly.

How to Serve the Other Side

Someone other than you needs to hand a copy of the filed Notice of Family Claim to the other side. You may want to ask a family member or a friend to server the other party or you can hire a process server to do this for you. The person who serves the other party needs to swear an affidavit for service, which sets out when and where the other side was served, the document that was served, and how that person knows the other side. The Affidavit of service needs to be filed with the court.

Nasser Allan LLP COVID-19 Protocols

Our firm is fully operational and ready to assist with the resolution of all the family issues. We understand that legal services are essential and family matters cannot be placed “on hold.” We now conduct mediation sessions via teleconference or Zoom. Court hearing are mostly conducted over the phone or video with trials requiring in person attendance.

We are open from 9 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday and are available after hours and weekends by appointment.

Our family lawyers are available to discuss your matter over the phone, via video conferencing or email in line with the health protocols.

We are also available to meet with you in person by appointment. We will follow all public safety measures. At this time, we kindly ask that you wear a mask during your in person meetings with our family lawyers.

Nasser Allan LLP is here for you at this critical time!

Contact us to move your family matter forward.

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