Are you separated, separating, or thinking about separating from your spouse? Wondering what your next steps are? Worried about money? Overwhelmed by the many choices you have? If so, MyLawBC’s three Family pathways can guide you to the best course of action for your situation. They will also tell you about people and services that can help along the way. There are three pathways available: Make a separation plan, Get a family order, and Served with a court document. You choose the pathway that applies to you. For example, if you’re separating from your spouse, start by making a separation plan, so that you can map out what’s best for you and your family. If, after making a separation plan, you need to go to court, the Get court orders pathway will help you choose which court works for you and help you navigate the court process. And, of course, if your spouse has served you with court documents, the Served with court documents pathway will walk you through what to do next.
Each pathway asks you questions about your circumstances (married/common-law, children, property, finances, etc.). Then the pathways lead you to an endpoint that sets out what you need to know, what to do now, and what to do next. You can print the action plan for your situation.
The Make a separation plan and Served with court documents pathways also refer you to the Dialogue Tool. This is an online negotiation platform that allows you to discuss issues with your spouse online and work out the details of a separation agreement. Along the way, MyLawBC provides you with full information about what your legal options are, so you can negotiate effectively. Using the Dialogue Tool can help keep you out of court (and save you the money that would cost!)
You can go through each of these pathways in 20 minutes or less. Your answers are completely confidential and will be deleted when you leave the pathway.