Living Together or Living Apart

Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce

Explains the basics of family law in BC. Includes information about:

  • why you might want an agreement for living together, and how to write one
  • your rights and responsibilities if you’re married or in a marriage-like relationship
  • what to do if you decide to separate or divorce
  • how you can work out agreements instead of going to court
  • how to work out arrangements for parenting if you have children
  • how to sort out money matters
  • how the court process works, if you have to go to court

Also explains your legal options and where to get help, and includes a glossary.