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Desk order divorce: The do-it-yourself divorce process

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If you and your spouse agree on the issues of parenting, support and property, there’s a fast-track way to get a divorce. Learn how you can apply for a desk order divorce.

“When Jay and I decided to separate, we both wanted to avoid a drawn out, expensive divorce. Thankfully, we were able to talk through the key issues, and I was game to take the lead on doing the paperwork. That made it feasible to get a desk order divorce. It cost us around $500, and we didn’t have to go in front of a judge.”

– Roya, Terrace, BC

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What you should know

The steps in the desk order divorce process

These steps describe the process for a sole application for an uncontested divorce.

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in February 2020
  • Time to read: 9 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Amber van Drielen, One World Law Group

Amber van Drielen, One World Law Group

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


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