Divorce Advice for Same-Sex Couples

The Collaborative Divorce Network comprises experienced professionals who not only understand the legal framework but also understand the importance of creative solutions that meet the highest needs of each of the spouses.

Experienced Family Law and Divorce Professionals

Members of the Collaborative Divorce Network know the British Columbia family law as it pertains to same-sex couples. We also know the importance of digging for the “interests’ of each spouse and supporting each spouse to come to a resolution that best meets their needs.

The Collaborative team often includes a mental health professional who serves as a "Divorce Coach." The Coach helps keep the conversations productive and is especially attuned to the emotional needs of separating and divorcing couples. The coaches with Collaborative Divorce Network have worked with many same-sex couples to seek a resolution with the privacy and flexibility that the Collaborative Process affords them.

The collaborative professionals with the Collaborative Divorce Network have extensive experience working with same-sex couples and have developed expertise in assisting these couples to reach a resolution.

The Collaborative team includes a mental health professional who serves as a "Divorce Coach." The coach helps keep the conversations productive, and is especially attuned to the emotional needs of separating and divorcing couples. We've worked with a great number of same-sex couples, seeking resolution to their discord, with the privacy and flexibility that Collaborative Practice affords them.

"Same-sex marriage and divorce is an evolving area of family law in British Columbia. Collaborative Divorce Network has extensive experience working with same-sex couples and has developed expertise in assisting these couples to reach a resolution."

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Creative Solutions – Case Studies

Case Study: The Best Interests of Their Children

A recent case with a same sex couple and two adopted children illustrates the importance of creative solutions. The Divorce Coaches, in meeting with the children and the couple, recognized the importance of the family home. The home had always been a place where the family and their friends loved to congregate and celebrate the many family occasions. The children were especially attached to the family home. In the Collaborative Process, the team was able to help the couple determine that they could build a laneway house on their property. This allowed each parent to have a comfortable but separate living space and allowed the children to move freely between the two homes and their two moms. This was a creative solution that could not have been an outcome had the couple been in court.

Case Study: Husband and Wife Separate as One Spouse Leaves Marriage to Be in a Same-Sex Relationship

Divorce Coaches have been very effective in these cases as they can help the couple to reach a greater understanding, to deal with emotions more effectively and to learn to communicate more effectively. The professionals with the Collaborative Divorce Network have been working with an increasing number of families for whom this is their new reality. Naturally, these circumstances add another layer of complexity to what is already a challenging time. The divorce coaches support the spouses to deal with all of the emotions that surface and support the children to adjust to and accept the new family dynamic.

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Your Team


Collaborative Divorce Network




Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist


Garth Edwards



Robert W. Mostar



Deirdre Severide



Danny Zack


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