Divorce & separation

Divorce is the end of a legal marriage. To get a divorce, you must go through a legal process and get a court order that says the marriage has ended. Separation is the first step of that process.



The basics

Fact sheets

Divorce

Divorce
Explains what divorce is, including the difference between uncontested and contested divorce, what's required to get a divorce, and an overview of the process. Also lists several available resources for getting help.

Frequently asked questions about marriages, divorces, and annulments inside and outside Canada
Answers some frequently asked questions about how moving from country to country can affect your marital status in BC and abroad.

Same-sex marriage/divorce: How to get a divorce if your home country doesn't recognize your marriage
Describes how you can get a divorce if your same-sex marriage isn't recognized in your home country.

Separation

Separation
Describes what separation is, whether it's between married or common-law couples. Includes what to take with you when you leave and the reasons for writing a separation agreement.

How can you prove you're separated if you and your spouse still live together?
Describes how you can prove to a court that you and your spouse have actually separated if you're still living together for financial or other reasons but want to get a divorce and/or divide up your assets.

What to take with you if you leave your relationship
A list of the important documents and belongings to take along if you're leaving a relationship.

Dividing property

Dealing with debts after separation (for married and common-law couples)
Describes what the basic guidelines are around debts after separation for married and common-law couples.

How to divide property and debts
Describes what the law says about dividing property/debt, defines family property, family debt, and excluded property, sets out when and how unequal division is possible, and outlines time limits for settling property/debt after separation/divorce.

Separation: Protecting yourself financially
Describes the steps you can take to protect your property before final agreements or court orders are in place.

What you need to know about dividing pensions and other employment benefits
Provides basic information about how to divide employment benefits and pensions after separation/divorce. Includes information on survivor benefits, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and RRSPs.