Many people in British Columbia have heard the term “legal separation,” and think of it as an option on the way to divorce. In fact, “legal separation” does not exist here; strictly speaking a couple in Canada is either married or divorced. However, most people choose to divorce on the ground that they have lived separate and apart for at least one year. The period of separation is usually preceded by a separation agreement, a legal contract that finalizes the terms of the dissolution of the union.
Laughlin & Company Lawyers Mediators wants to make the separation as smooth as possible for clients. Ending a relationship is rarely easy. We provide you with options to work out the final details through direct negotiation, with the assistance of a neutral third party such as a mediator, or private arbitration. We can help you achieve a resolution that is in your best interests without prolonged and damaging conflict.
Sorting Out The Material Matters Of Separation
Separation is fundamentally about the practical, day-to-day matters of running a household, which is now split into two. In addition to dividing up money and assets, parents must arrange the details of child care. Parenting arrangements are fundamentally important for everyone, and include not only where children will live, but also how decisions will be made about their well-being, education and medical care.
At Laughlin & Company, we will walk you through the steps of a separation. Our clients are married and common-law couples in the Tri-Cities, who have sometimes complex and lengthy relationships with many issues that must be addressed. We can advise on the best options for you to ensure your individual interests are met and you are able to move on with your life.
To receive legal advice on separation, call us at our Port Coquitlam office to schedule a consultation. Our number is 604-239-0800, or you can get in touch online. Our local lawyers help clients throughout the Poco, Coquitlam and Port Moody municipalities.