Justice process (family law)

Judicial Dispute Resolution

1 Issue


Proceedings under the Divorce Act and the Matrimonial Property Act are heard in the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Most proceedings under the Family Law Act can be heard either in the Provincial Court or the Court of Queen’s Bench.

2 Documents Filed

  1. A Provincial Court

    Family Law Act
    Applications for:
    • Guardianship
    • Parenting
    • Contact
    • Child Support
    • Spousal Support
    • Adult Interdependent Partner Support
    • Enforcement of Time with a Child
    • Variation of Provincial Court Order






  2. BCourt of Queen’s Bench

    Divorce Act and Matrimonial Property Act proceedings

    Family Law Act
    Applications for:
    • Declaration of Parentage
    • Declaration of Irreconciliability
    • Guardianship
    • Parenting
    • Contact
    • Child Support
    • Spousal Support
    • Adult Interdependent Partner Support
    • Enforcement of Time with a Child
    • Variation of an Order

3 Judge Makes a Decision

May result in a Court Order.


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  1. Negotiation
  2. Mediation
  3. Judicial Dispute Resolution

Applicable to most issues.

Can occur at any time in the process.

If successful

Agreement or Consent Order.



If unsuccessful

Court proceedings resumed.