Reaching agreement

Last updated on January 17, 2024

Going to court to settle separation and divorce issues is necessary for some couples, but not for most.

Most separating and divorcing couples can solve their problems by working together to agree about parenting arrangements, support and property division, without going to court.

Solving your family law dispute through agreement:

  • Gives you the tools to solve your own problems
  • Allows for more creative and flexible arrangements that suit your circumstances
  • Helps you and your spouse work together, which is particularly important if you have children
  • Gives you and your spouse control over the solutions since agreements tend to last longer than court orders and families are often happier with the results
  • Is often cheaper, quicker and involves less conflict than going to court

What do I need to know about making an agreement about a companion animal?

  • Spouses can make agreements about the possession and ownership of a companion animal.
  • The agreements may include that the spouses:
    • Jointly own a companion animal,
    • Share possession of a companion animal, or
    • Give exclusive ownership or possession of a companion animal to one of the spouses.
  • In your agreement, you may include any details you want such as how the animal is cared for or how costs and vet expenses are paid.

For more information, see Making an agreement after you separate on Legal Aid BC's Family Law in BC website.

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