It Doesn’t Have to be Miserable
Divorce under Vancouver law can be quick, efficient and handled through mediation and negotiation with one of the many skilled family law divorce lawyers in Vancouver. You don’t have to go to court. A legal separation, which involves the same procedures and law, determines parenting arrangements, support for the spouse and children, and divides the assets and debts of the parties without ending the marital status.
A marriage can not be terminated by a Vancouver court in less than six months from the date the court becomes involved in a divorce case. Legal separation can be done in a matter of days or weeks. You will need the services of a reputable Vancouver family law firm.
Maintaining the Status Quo
In a divorce, the financial status quo must be maintained. Neither party may terminate life, health, property, or auto insurance, take pension benefits, or dispose of family or separate property (except for the necessities of life).
Legal separation in Vancouver is for people who do not want to remarry, or who want to continue to receive their spouse’s health insurance benefits. A legal separation has no six-month waiting period. The marriage is not terminated. The issues involving children, support, and dividing property can all be handled in a legal separation.
Community property in Vancouver is any property acquired during marriage, except for gifts or inheritances.
Separate property is all property acquired before marriage or after the date of separation. The date of separation is the date on which one or the other party decided the marriage was permanently over. Property acquired by gift or inheritance is also separate.