Breaking up with your partner?
If you are married, one set of laws apply. If you have been living together for more than two years but are not married, another set of laws apply. That is true whether you are in a same sex or an opposite sex relationship.
The first step in separating from your partner is to find out what law applies, and to get an assessment of what your rights and responsibilities are, given your financial and family situation.
Next is the question of how to address issues between you and your partner. There are several choices.
Especially if there are children involved, you will want to consider ‘non-adversarial’ options such as mediation or collaborative family law. I am certified as a collaborative family lawyer.
If your partner is unwilling to arrive at a solution by negotiation, mediation, or a collaborative law process, a court application may be necessary. If the only issues are child custody, child support, or spousal support, an application can be made to Family Court. If division of property is involved, the application must be to B.C. Supreme Court.
Making it Easier
Call us for an appointment. We will send you an information sheet to complete.It will help you organize your thoughts and tell you what documents to bring with you when you come.
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