Living Together or Living Apart

Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce

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

  • being married or in a marriage-like relationship (also called a common-law relationship),
  • what separation and divorce mean,
  • how to work out arrangements for parenting if you have children,
  • and
  • how to sort out money matters.
Also explains your legal options and where to get help, and includes a chapter for Aboriginal families. Updated to conform to the new BC Family Law Act (March 18, 2013).

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 version doesn't include the most recent minor changes and updates that appear in the other language versions.

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