Legal Advice for Unmarried Spouses

The Family Law Act in British Columbia has changed the legal framework in many ways – most significantly, spouses in a marriage-like relationship who have lived together for a minimum of two years are treated the same as married spouses with respect to property division. This is a significant departure from previous legislation.


"Because a marriage-like relationship has its own specific set of legal considerations, it takes a knowledgeable team to craft agreements for these spouses and families."

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Knowledgeable Guidance

When spouses in a marriage-like relationship separate and need to divide assets, determine support obligations or have a parenting plan for children, significant legal questions arise and require an in-depth knowledge of the Family Law Act. The Collaborative Divorce Network has extensive knowledge of the Family Law Act and assists clients to reach durable agreements that will meet the highest needs of each of the spouses and the family.

Child and Spousal Support

Many clients are fearful of support obligations. The paying spouse is fearful of having to pay support that is beyond his or her capacity to pay. The receiving spouse is fearful of…


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Divorce Coaches

Get the help you need to understand and handle your feelings in a healthy way with divorce coaches through the Collaborative Divorce Network. Our Team includes qualified and compassionate…

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Unmarried Spouses

The Family Law Act in British Columbia has changed the legal framework in many ways - most significantly, spouses in a marriage-like relationship who have lived together…

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Children and Divorce

If you are considering a divorce and you have young children, their emotional and mental stability is undoubtedly your greatest concern. While research has proven the remarkable resiliency of children…

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Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is an agreement that separating parents develop together about how they will share parenting time and the day-to-day responsibilities of parenting…


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Separation Agreements

When relationships come to an end, challenges often arise when children are involved, when a spouse has inherited property or come into the relationship with more property than…

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Family Law

The ending of a marriage or relationship can be tumultuous. Coping day-to-day with this new reality is difficult enough, much less worrying about the long-term impact…


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Spouses without Children

Divorces that don’t involve children aren’t necessarily less complicated. These spouses need to reach resolution with respect to family, property, family debts and support obligations…


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Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements

Coming to an agreement in advance to deal with life’s contingencies can be a freeing experience for spouses. Establishing the framework for managing major issues when they are not…

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Collaborative Divorce Network

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info@nocourtdivorcebc.com

Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Garth Edwards

Lawyer

Robert W. Mostar

Lawyer

Susan Vanderwerff

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Angiola De Stefanis

Lawyer

Deirdre Severide

Lawyer

Danny Zack

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