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How is Spousal Property Divided in British Columbia?

Who Can Make a Claim?

Who qualifies as a spouse for the purposes of making matrimonial property claims? Married spouses are able to make property claims upon separation. If you are unmarried then it is required that the parties live together in a married-like relationship for at least two years before matrimonial property claims are possible. After living together in a married-like relationship for at least two years, separating spouses' property claims will be treated no differently than married couples' claims. 

Divorcing? Here’s what you need to know

Deciding to leave your partner can be an emotional and frustrating period for many people. Once the decision is made, you may not know exactly what to do next. Many people know they may need to get in touch with a lawyer, but how exactly does getting separated or getting a divorce work?

At outlined by the Government of British Columbia website, divorces are only granted to married couples, and applied for through the courts. The three main grounds for a divorce are adultery, abuse or living separate for a year. For a divorce to be granted, the courts need to know that you and your partner have sorted out your affairs, including child support and custody.