Common QuestionsOur marriage is over; do we have to go to court?
Going to court to settle separation and divorce issues is necessary for some couples, but not for most. Most separating and divorcing couples prefer to work together – sometimes with the help of a mediator or a lawyer trained in collaborative law – to settle things without going to court.
Good starting points include:
- Who can help you reach an agreement?, on the Family Law in BC website from Legal Services Society, describes options to solve issues without going to court. This fact sheet introduces family mediation and the collaborative family law process. The site also features the self-help guide Do Your Own Uncontested Divorce in Supreme Court.
- Undefended and Joint Divorces, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of divorce procedure where the couples agree to the divorce.
- Desk Order Divorce: The Do-It-Yourself Divorce Process, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of divorce procedure where the couple is in agreement.
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