Family Law Clinic
About the program
Our Family Law clinic provides information, support, and legal advice about family law issues. This includes a private one-hour appointment with a female family lawyer. This program is available to women whose personal annual income is below $50,000 after taxes. Priority is given to women who have not attended the clinic in the past. The clinic is held monthly on Wednesday mornings.
Family law matters include:
Guardianship, parenting, and custody
Division of assets
In order to book an appointment,
we ask that you do an intake with
the Program Coordinator. An intake
can be done over the phone or at
our centre. You will be asked to
provide a brief overview of your
situation, as well as formulate some
specific legal questions to prepare
you for meeting with the lawyer.
When applicable, handouts will be provided with information and other resources or referrals.
Please note that the lawyers are not able to represent clinic participants, accompany them to court, nor complete forms, write letters, sign documents, etc.
If you have questions about the clinic, or just need someone to talk to about your situation, call us at 604-984-6009, or stop by from Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
We know that navigating family law issues is confusing, frustrating, and emotional. We recognize that women who face barriers such as being low income, speak English as their second language, are dealing with abuse, or have precarious immigration status have an especially challenging time. We hope to make this clinic, and our centre, as welcoming and as accessible as possible.
If you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions as to how we can improve, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Legal Aid BC - Family Law in BC: Quick Reference Tool
Legal Aid BC - Coping with Separation During COVID-19
Legal Aid BC - Living Together or Living Apart: Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce
Westcoast LEAF - Separation Agreements: Your Rights and Options
Canadian Judicial Council - Family Law Handbook
YWCA/Legal Services Society - Mothers Leaving Abusive Partners: Family Law Information