Seeking legal advice when you’re separating doesn’t necessarily signify the beginning of a long and painful legal battle... 

Although not required, many couples find that a properly drafted Separation Agreement helps them put ‘things’ in order. In British Columbia, a Separation Agreement can be filed in Provincial Court or in the Supreme Court.

Once you have made the decision to terminate the relationship, and hopefully, both partners are ready to acknowledge that the family restructuring is inevitable, it’s time to address the big issue: your money!

There are several practical considerations when you’re separating. Getting things organized will help you feel more in control of the situation and allow you, and your former partner, to focus on resolving important issues:

One of the most important things you can do when separating is to communicate clearly and calmly with your partner.

Separating from a spouse or partner is difficult. Even though most people recognize that nearly half of all spousal relationships will end prematurely, it can be a big surprise when it happens in our own relationship.