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Divorce & separation

Issues in play on family breakup, from who will move out to (for married couples) getting a divorce.

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The Divorce Act is changing

The Divorce Act is changing

On March 1, 2021, the federal Divorce Act is changing. (Note these changes were pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.) If you’re in the process of getting a divorce, or are thinking about getting divorced, the new rules will apply to you. Learn about some of the important changes coming to Canada’s divorce law.

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Introduction to family law

Introduction to family law

Family law deals with legal issues that impact families. Family breakups, divorce, marriage, adoption, and family violence all fall within this area of law. Learn the basics of family law.

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Separation and separation agreements

Separation and separation agreements

The end of a relationship is very difficult. There are many issues to work through and decisions to make. But this practical step can help: preparing an agreement about the family law issues you and your spouse agree on. Learn about separation agreements.

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Requirements for divorce and annulment

Requirements for divorce and annulment

A divorce is the legal process that ends a valid marriage. It’s different from an annulment, which is a court order declaring a marriage invalid. An order for a divorce or an annulment is granted only if certain requirements are met. Learn about the requirements to get a divorce or annulment.

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Responding to divorce proceedings

Responding to divorce proceedings

If a divorce proceeding has been started against you, you have two choices: do nothing or respond to the proceeding. Learn what’s involved in responding to divorce proceedings in BC.

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Changing your name

Changing your name

If you’re getting married or divorced, you may be thinking about changing your legal name. Or maybe you just feel like changing your name. Learn what’s involved in a name change.

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