Clients sometimes ask whether moving to another country would have an impact on the status of divorce.
If you have already started your divorce in BC before you moved to another country, you can check the status of your divorce application with your family lawyer or by contacting the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings for Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
Also, if you were married in BC and want to get a divorce while you are living in another country, you are not required to do your divorce in BC (just because you were married in BC), generally.
As long as your divorce in the country in which you are living is valid, then it is also recognized in BC. Even if you move back to BC in the future, the divorce will still be valid in BC.
Clients sometimes ask if their marriage, performed overseas, is considered a valid marriage in Canada (and in BC).
Generally, if your marriage is legal and valid in the country in which you were married, then your marriage is recognized by BC.
If the relationship has broken down, even though the marriage occurred overseas, a divorce in Canada (and BC) would be required to terminate the marriage.
There are certain requirements before parties can apply for divorce. The process of divorce in BC involves the completion of Supreme Court forms, and filing them in a BC court. If this process is too time-consuming and complicated to your liking, you can also find a Family Lawyer to do all the work for you.
Getting legal advice from a Family Lawyer before you start your divorce is a good idea, because it may potentially save you more future expenses down the road. Your lawyer will not only inform you about your rights and responsibilities and the laws relevant to your case, but also help you go through the divorce process, which could be the most vulnerable and stressful time of your life.