Separation & Divorce - An Overview

Last updated on May 17, 2022

Every year in British Columbia, thousands of couples decide not to live together anymore. The process of ending a relationship is not an easy one, and it takes time to fully recover from a separation.

In this emotional and difficult time, couples who are separating have to be careful in making major decisions that could have a lasting effect on their future lives.

We recommend that you get legal advice before you make any final decisions.

Note: The term “parent” is used throughout this website, for easy reading. Parents are usually guardians, and it is “guardians” who have responsibility and care for their child.

Sometimes parents are not guardians, and sometimes people who are not parents are guardians. In these cases, the word parent might not reflect your situation, because the common use of parent throughout this website will mean “guardian.”


Legal Help and Advice

Check out these resources from Legal Aid BC:

Visit a Justice Access Centre:

Talk with a family justice counsellor at a Family Justice Centre.

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