Separation and Divorce Kelowna BC


Deciding to end a relationship is not an easy one, especially where the parties have been together a long time and their lives are intertwined.

What you need to know about Divorce & Separation

In BC, there is no specific legal definition of “separation”. However, there are certain criteria that must be met: a physical separation; and pronouncement by one of the spouses that the relationship is at an end.

With respect to physical separation, the spouses may continue to occupy the same family home during separation, however, they must continue to live separate and apart from one another. Where the parties are legally married, a party may file a notice of family claim for divorce at any time based on the one-year of separation. However, the 2nd stage application for divorce may not be made until the parties have actually lived separate and apart for a period of at least one year

One should be aware that from the date of separation, a “clock” is started and a party living in a marriage-like relationship has two years to bring most claims. Where the parties are legally married, the ‘’clock” is activated upon the attainment of a final order for divorce.

During this stage, whether common-law or legally married, it is common to have legal questions pertaining to the new situation you find yourself in. Maio Law assists clients in navigating these new waters. Whether it is by way of preliminary family law advice, or assistance with drafting a separation agreement.

Why Choose Maio Law




Effective communication is the key to resolving any dispute and it starts at your initial meeting with Maio Law as we discuss the reasons for contacting us, the nature of your dispute and your desired goals and outcomes.



During the Planning & Strategy phase, Maio Law will review your case and discuss various options and methods of resolution to effectively accomplish your desired outcomes according to your budget and timeline.



This phase is where the plan and strategy are put into action. During the execution phase, your plan and strategy will adapt to meet the changing environment to reach your desired outcome and goals.

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