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broken <3 posted 1/24/2014 02:28 AM

I'm common law here in bc and need some advice from members here on separating while common law or some kind of an agreement that stands up in court. I'm not 100% yet that I want a full on separation or a trail one. Please send prayers and advice. I'm so lost.

roarlouder posted 1/24/2014 04:08 AM

I think common law rules depend on your province. Hang in there.

Lola2kids posted 1/24/2014 07:09 AM

Hi broken
I'm from Ontario.
Common Law for 12 years.
There are online separation agreements that are pretty general. I think I found one that did not say husband and wife.
He didn't want to sign it anyway.
We did not go the lawyer route.
We had pretty much separate finances except for the real estate.
We have twin DD's that were 7 at the time of DDay.
He did not want to have a set visitation schedule since he was travelling to Europe to see MOW.

You are considered common law if you have been living together for 2 years, you are both unmarried (actually if you have kids together you are still common law even if one of the parents is married to someone else but cannot be living with them)
It's complicated.

Try looking online for BC forms specifically. I found a lot of info online.

[This message edited by Lola2kids at 7:09 AM, January 24th (Friday)]

Griefstricken25 posted 1/24/2014 18:14 PM

That might be a place to start.

If you have children, you will want to get something in writing as soon as possible in regard to visitation and child support.

Lilypad posted 1/25/2014 01:55 AM

There was a change in BC March of 2013, which should benefit you.

See this:

There is also F&Q section on this new thing in the link that GS gave you!

broken <3 posted 1/25/2014 05:07 AM

Thank you so much for the links and advice. I've looked into a lawyer. Before I go ahead an throw money at him that I can't afford, what steps should I take? I see someone mentioned separation forms that their ex?? Stbx (sorry I'm still very dazed) didn't want to sign? Where can I find those? And if he agrees to sign what does that mean exactly?
I'm so lost. Thank god for my dad being here with me! And of course SI.

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