Living Together or Living Apart

Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce

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

  • your rights and responsibilities if you’re married or in a marriage-like relationship,
  • how spouses can work out agreements,
  • how to work out arrangements for parenting if you have children,
  • what to do if you decide to separate or divorce, and
  • how to sort out money matters.
Also explains your legal options and where to get help, and includes a chapter for Aboriginal families and a chapter for immigrant families.

Printing the French version of this booklet was made possible thanks to the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services. The French, simplified and traditional Chinese, Punjabi, and Spanish versions don't include the most recent changes and updates that appear in the English language version.