Cohabitation or Marriage Agreement
Although you are not legally required to enter into a cohabitation or marriage agreement, it might be a good idea to do so. Many couples are now opting to enter into these agreements prior to living together or getting married. These types of agreements are becoming increasingly popular.
A separation agreement is a signed agreement that outlines how spouses wish to settle the various issues arising from separation prior to, or without, going to court. These issues may include – but are not exclusive to – parenting arrangements, support issues and division of family assets and debts.
If you and your spouse are living together when your child is born, then you are both are presumed to be guardians under the Family Law Act, even if you are not married.
Child & Spousal Support
Under the law, each parent must support their children even that parent is not involved in the child’s life. Child support is considered to be the legal right of the child.
Upon separation, spousal support may be paid to your ex-spouse in order to help them with living expenses.
In Canada you are legally able to get divorced from your spouse if you have been separated for one year. In British Columbia, you can only get divorced by getting an order from a Supreme Court Judge.
Unbundled Legal Services
With unbundled family law services, you can hire Jacqueline to handle part of your legal problem instead of retaining her to represent you for your entire family law case. This allows for greater flexibility and focused representation, without the costly legal fees!