A new service on the MyLawBC website. Free mediation for child support from Legal Aid BC.

Free mediation for child support from Legal Aid BC

By Legal Aid BC

Legal Aid BC recently launched a new service on the MyLawBC website to provide free mediation for child support issues. The Family Resolution Centre (FRC) is an online service that helps separated parents with low and moderate incomes resolve issues about raising their children like where the kids will live, how important decisions will be made, and now child support.

The FRC is an online service where parents will exchange their ideas about how to resolve the issues important to their family. Parents are provided with information and resources and a space where they can work together to create an agreement that works for their family. If they get stuck, they can ask for the help of a mediator at the click of a button.

When a mediator comes into the process, they can help the parents find common ground. Five hours of free mediation is available for parenting issues and for child support, for a total of ten hours for parents who need to resolve both. The FRC combines self-help tools with expert assistance to reach a resolution that works best for each family.

Visit MyLawBC to learn more about the Family Resolution Centre. Also available via Clicklaw.

A screenshot of Family Resolution Centre's webpage

About Legal Aid BC

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Legal Aid BC (LABC) provides legal aid in British Columbia. Created by the Legal Services Society Act in 1979, LABC is a non-profit organization whose priority is to serve the interests of low income people who have legal problems. LABC is funded primarily by the provincial government and receives grants from the Law Foundation and Notary Foundation. Legal representation services are available for financially eligible people facing some types of family law matters, and child protection, refugee, or criminal law problems. Public legal education and information is integral to our services. It includes legal information and community referrals. We provide online information through our LABC website, Family Law in BC website, Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC website, and MyLawBC website.

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Webinar coming soon! Q&A on the new Provincial Court Family Rules.

Webinar: Provincial Court Family Rules

Q&A on the New Provincial Court Family Rules

Thursday June 24, 2021 12:30 – 2pm (PT)

Register online here.

BC Ministry of Attorney General

Join us for a 1.5-hour webinar exploring questions and concerns you and your clients may have around the implementation of the new BC Provincial Court Family Rules (PCFR). The Rules took effect on May 17, 2021, with significant changes made to processes and forms. This is an introductory-level and practical focused webinar aimed at intermediaries (advocates, librarians, and community workers) and general practitioner lawyers.

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Our panel will include representatives from the Ministry of Attorney General as well as a private bar lawyer.


  • Erin Smith is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Family Policy Legislation and Transformation Division of the Ministry of Attorney General.  Erin’s experience in court operations and policy informed her contributions to the PCFR, including policy, legislation, forms, Victoria and Surrey Early Resolution as well as the province-wide PCFR implementation.
  • Kari Erickson, Manager, Court Administration, Court Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General.  Kari’s experience is in court operations having worked in several different courthouses on Vancouver Island as well as in Vancouver.   Kari was the CSB Lead for the implementation of Early Resolution and Case Management model in Surrey and Victoria and has assisted Senior Policy Analyst, Shelley Gin,  with the implementation of the Provincial Court Family Rules.
  • Oriole Courcy is a Senior Program and Policy Analyst with Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) of the Ministry of Attorney General.  Oriole supports operations and policy for Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres throughout BC. Oriole is the FJSD lead for implementation of Early Resolution and Case Management in Victoria and Surrey, as well as the broader Provincial Court Family Rules.
  • Susan Loney is a family lawyer (called to the bar in 1993) in Victoria with a particular emphasis on Provincial Court matters both in family law and child protection, and supporting clients through mediations. She is Co-Lead Family Duty Counsel in Victoria for Legal Aid BC and participated in the Victoria prototype of the Early Resolution Process, working closely with all stakeholders during the early stages since May 2019.

Based on their experience and expertise, the panel will answer questions about the new rules, processes and forms as well as about services available through Family Justice and Justice Access Centres. As this webinar will be responsive to the questions and concerns you have about the new PCFR, we ask that registrants participate in our ThoughtExchange in advance.

Upon registration, you will be provided with a link to participate in the ThoughtExchange, where you can enter questions anonymously and see what questions other registrants have posed. While the ThoughtExchange is anonymous, questions posed there will be visible to other registrants. Please avoid including any personally identifying information about clients.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with LSBC.

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