There are a few first practical steps which should be taken before or during the separation and in anticipation of divorce:
 
1.Change mailing address:  
 
As soon as you suspect that you and your partner will be separating, no matter who is initiating the separation, change your mailing address for all of your sensitive mail.
 
2.Change passwords:
 
It is likely that your partner knows your passwords and may be checking emails, facebook and bank accounts.  
 
3.Documents:  
 
Make copies of financial records and documents relating to family property and family debt.  Gather records proving what constitute family property and what may be exempt from family property. 
        
4. Speak to a Family Law professional:
 
Educate yourself on the various options of achieving your goal - family mediation, collaborative lawyers, negotiated settlement, and so on. Most lawyers offer a free initial meeting to explain the process and provide an estimate of fees. 
 
To book a free initial consulation with a family law lawyer at Deer Lake Law, please call 604 430 2345.