Hot Off the Press — Coping with Separation Handbook


Coping with Separation Handbook is for spouses (married or living in a marriage-like relationship) who are dealing with the emotional aspects of separating. It was developed as a help tool for the Make a separation plan pathway and Dialogue Tool in the MyLawBC website. Statistics show that one-third of Canadians, or 40 percent of British Columbians, have separated from their spouses.

Using engaging illustrations, the handbook describes the emotional stages of separation and ways to cope. It includes:

  • a checklist to recognize symptoms of stress.
  • suggestions to reduce your anxiety about the court process,
  • ways to reduce conflict with your spouse,
  • how to communicate with your spouse as you make decisions, and
  • general tips to follow during the short and long term.

There’s also a section on how to help your children cope with their emotions. It lists common signs of stress in children and some do’s and don’ts for communicating with your children.

The last section has links to support services for spouses, parents, and children, and where to find legal help.

Coping with Separation Handbook is available online only.