Walking You Through Each Step In A Separation Or Divorce

There may come a point where you know your common law or marriage relationship is over. In British Columbia, the road to divorce has many steps, from separation to dividing family assets, determining child custody and working out issues of support. If you've just started to consider divorce or separation from your partner, or if you have been involved in the process for quite some time, nothing helps more than the assistance of a skilled family lawyer.

Divorce and family law are all we do at Westside Family Law, as our name implies. We have helped many couples in Vancouver and the surrounding area navigate the divorce process successfully. We will take the time to fully understand your family's unique needs. Then, we will help you determine the best path to resolution, whether that means negotiation, mediation, collaborative law or, yes, litigation. In some cases, nothing less than the Court's supervision will work to get you where you need to be.

Whatever path your case takes, we will offer candid advice and experienced support every step of the way.

Getting Divorced In BC

To get divorced in British Columbia, you must apply to the BC Supreme Court. Some couples choose to simply go their separate ways without seeking a Court order, and this is fine as long as they do not seek to get married again to another person.

The Court has a few guidelines to follow when granting divorce. It must verify that:

  • You were legally married in the first place (this is usually accomplished by filing your marriage certificate along with your request).
  • At least one spouse has lived in BC for one year.
  • The marriage has broken down.

Most people ask for divorce based on their mutual decision to separate, and if you and your spouse have lived separate and apart for at least one year, you will meet this third requirement. This is typically called a no-fault divorce, where both spouses agree that the marriage is over or one spouse files for divorce and the other does not contest it.

Those with no-fault divorces can seek our firm's assistance in finalizing their decision with a Court order. Such "desk order divorces" are usually quick and cost-effective for us to do. We will help you gather the appropriate documentation, draft the paperwork and file all the necessary forms with the Court. If the case is truly uncontested, the process can take about three months from end to end.

If, however, you wish to contest your spouse's decision to file for divorce or you would like the Court's help in dividing marital assets, establishing parenting time (if you have children) and/or seeking child or spousal support, the process will naturally take longer. Our lawyers are equally adept at helping families negotiate and litigate these issues in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Striving For Solutions Unique To Your Circumstances

Though an experienced lawyer knows the general options and ways a case could go, we know that every divorce will be as unique as the family itself. We are equally confident of our ability to find not just a solution for you, but the right solution for you. Call us at 604-800-8853 or contact us by email to schedule your consultation today.