Your Separation Agreement is signed. Now what?
If your Separation Agreement is comprehensive, professionally prepared, signed by both of you, and witnessed, you have severed your legal and financial ties.
The next step is the court documentation for your divorce: you need a divorce order in British Columbia to dissolve your marriage. This will give the ability to re-marry and a bit of emotional closure.
Even if you think you won't ever re-marry, it's best to get this last detail done sooner rather than later.
The bad news about divorce in British Columbia
Divorce in British Columbia is a complicated process and the Supreme Court of British Columbia is pretty much the opposite of user-friendly. It is very confusing to try to figure out! When I used to work as a divorce lawyer, many clients came to me asking me to finish the divorce papers that they had started - the divorce process was too much of a headache for people to bother with!
The good news about divorce in British Columbia!
If you would like to prepare your divorce papers in British Columbia on your own, you don't have to figure out how the system works. I've created a detailed, step-by-step kit, complete with instructions, sample forms, links to fillable templates, checklists, timelines and frequently asked questions to help you complete your uncontested divorce.
If the DIY Divorce Manual divorce kit were electronic, you'd call it "plug and play". If it were human, it would be holding your hand.
This manual creates a happy middle ground between the frustration of getting lost in British Columbia divorce papers and the expense of hiring a lawyer. If you can follow directions, you can do your own divorce with the guidance of the DIY Divorce Manual divorce kit.
Get a PDF copy directly from this website for $90 CAD.
This option will be preferable for most people as you will likely use a computer or tablet to fill out the court forms and will find the links in the digital manual very helpful. You can choose to print any page(s) you need to help stay organized, like a checklist.
Get a Print copy sent to you from Amazon.com for $90 USD.
This option will appeal to people who don't have a computer or tablet on which to review the manual. You will still need a computer or tablet to download the fillable court forms.
About the Author
I'm Christina Vinters, a nationally designated Chartered Mediator, Non-Practicing Divorce Lawyer, Author of Pathways to Amicable Divorce and the DIY Divorce Manual, and Host of the Divorce Well Podcast.
Many couples are able to reach a comprehensive written Separation Agreement through mediation. They are then left with completing the final detail of getting a divorce order. As I do not do any court work anymore, my clients were left with the option of hiring a lawyer, which many don't want to do, or struggle through the paperwork on their own. For this reason, I decided to create a simple divorce kit to guide couples through the final stage of their transition.
B.A., University of Toronto.
J.D. (Law Degree), University of Victoria.
Family Law Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia.
Chartered Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada.
Call 778-475-8002 for more information.