When a couple in British Columbia chooses to divorce, both parties are considered responsible for martial liabilities and entitled to marital assets, according to provincial statutes. Prior to the finalization of a divorce order, each spouse is entitled to apply to the courts for an order for an interim distribution of marital, or family, property. If granted, the order can provide funds to pay for legal proceedings, dispute resolution or to obtain evidence or information in support of an application to a court or dispute resolution.
In addition, the court may make an order that grants a spouse use or possession of the specific personal property, which is stored at the family residence, or exclusive occupation of the family residence. Such an order will be granted for a specific time and can apply to either leased or owned property. A spouse is not permitted to make significant alterations to the property during that interim period. Additionally, the court may order the postponement of any planned sale or partition of the property while the interim order is in effect.
An interim order can help provide financial stability for a spouse until the divorce agreement is finalized. A lawyer with a background in divorce cases can explain how an interim division of property order may be obtained and could help with the application process. Once the order is put into place, the spouse can move on with the divorce process.
A lawyer may also help negotiate a fair divorce agreement that is in the best interest of the spouse and his or her children. Once an agreement has been reached, it might be subject to approval by a judge. In most cases, judges will support an agreement as long as both parties are in favor of it.
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