How do you get a divorce in BC?
A divorce is the official, legal ending of a marriage. To get a divorce in BC, you must go through a legal process and get a court order. You can get a divorce in BC if you and your spouse have lived separately for one year, you have made “reasonable arrangements for the children” that you can explain to the court (such as child support) if you have children, and at least one spouse must currently live in BC and have lived in BC for the previous 12 months.
A divorce proceeding in BC can be joint, uncontested or contested. For both a joint divorce and an uncontested divorce, all issues such as child support, child custody, spousal support and division of family property must be resolved prior to applying for divorce. The spouses do not have to appear before a Judge but simply submit the appropriate court documents to be reviewed by a Judge who will then grant the divorce order if appropriate.
In a contested divorce process, the spouses do not agree on some or all of the issues and these must be resolved in court before a divorce order will be granted by a Judge. Please see our Family Law Litigation page for more information.
How can Suleman Family Law help you with an uncontested divorce?
If you need an uncontested divorce, our experienced family law lawyer Zara Suleman would be happy to help you. Please visit our Getting Started page to learn about the first steps for any of our new clients. Here’s what you need to know specifically about our uncontested divorce process:
- Suleman Family Law offers flat rates for an uncontested divorce with or without children.
- To qualify for our uncontested divorce flat rate, you must meet the requirement that there are no outstanding issues or claims between you and your spouse in regards to property division, spousal support, and if applicable, child support, guardianship and parenting time.
- To process your uncontested divorce at a flat rate, we require a fully-executed (signed by both you and your partner in front of witnesses) separation agreement and/or court order(s) setting out how the issues have been resolved.
Please contact Suleman Family Law for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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