Clicklaw: Two things you can use to help your clients with the new Divorce Act

Two Things You Can Use to Help Your Clients with the New Divorce Act

Does your work involve helping people in your community navigate their everyday issues? Then you may have heard of the new Divorce Act. The changes to this federal law will come into effect on March 1st, 2021. Here are two tools you can use to help your clients understand how the new law may affect them.

  1. Clicklaw’s common question about the new Divorce Act

We have compiled a list of good starting points for those new to the topic. They are online resources written in plain language so that non-lawyers could understand them. Also included are webinar recordings where the presenter went over the essential information and answer questions. What is also important is they are free, written by subject matter experts, and come from trusted sources. Check it out: How will the changes to the Divorce Act affect me?

  1. Clicklaw HelpMap: family law services

Your clients may need more assistance with navigating their family law issues. Use the Clicklaw HelpMap to locate free or low-cost services you can refer them to. For a refresher on how to use this tool, see the second page of this Clicklaw handout (PDF).

Getting other questions on family law? See if any of the other common questions could help your clients start figuring out the next step in their legal journey. Here are just a few:

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Public consultation open for a proposed new approach for the Provincial Court Family Rules and forms

by BC Ministry of Attorney General

The public is invited to provide written comments on the policy direction, draft language, and specific consultation questions embedded in the discussion paper. Find it at:

Feedback received before December 16, 2019 will be considered in finalizing the Rules.

The Provincial Court Family Rules (the rules) are used to manage cases and resolve issues within the jurisdiction of the provincial court (parenting arrangements, child support, contact with a child, guardianship of a child and spousal support). The rules also apply to enforcement of child and spousal support under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act (FMEA). 

The Ministry of Attorney General and the Provincial Court of British Columbia invite comments on the proposed new Provincial Court Family Rules and forms. Feedback will be considered in finalizing the rules, which will be reviewed with the Provincial Court Family Rules Working Group and Steering Committee, the Chief Judge and eventually prepared as an Order in Council for consideration by cabinet.

Comments may be provided in the following ways:

  • Email:           
  • Fax:                        250-356-2721
  • Regular mail:       Family Policy Legislation & Transformation

Justice Services Branch
Ministry of Attorney General
PO Box 9222, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9J1

The ministry will assume that comments received are not confidential and that respondents consent to the ministry attributing their comments to them and to the release or publication of their submissions. Any requests for confidentiality or anonymity, must be clearly marked and will be respected to the extent permitted by freedom of information legislation.

Please note that the deadline for providing feedback is December 16, 2019.