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Jiwa Law Corporation: Trusted Vancouver Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is a difficult family law matter, one that often causes our clients large amounts of stress. Consulting an experienced family law attorney throughout the divorce process can help you prepare and  provide assistance at the various stages.

No matter if you’re seeking a legal separation, uncontested divorce contested divorce, or any other family law issue , the lawyers at Jiwa Law Corporation can help you at each stage of the divorce process. 

Every Jiwa Law Vancouver family lawyer offers experienced legal representation for our clients both inside and outside the courtroom. This can include providing honest, straightforward legal advice; advocating your best interests in negotiations, mediations, or other divorce proceedings; or fighting for you at trial if necessary.

How To File For Divorce

To file for divorce, spouses must apply to the BC Supreme Court after at least one year of legal separation. The Court may also grant a divorce if it is proven that one spouse committed adultery or domestic violence by inflicting physical and/or mental suffering that would make it impossible to continue living together.

When applying for a divorce, you should have plans ready for:

Divorce Lawyer: Vancouver Consultation

Jiwa Law Corporation is ready to assist in your divorce process from our Vancouver law office. Reach out for an initial consultation and an experienced family lawyer will review your case and explain your legal options. We’ll do our best to address any questions that you might have and help you understand the process that’s about to unfold.

We have five family law professionals you can consult with and their charges are as follows:

  • Meena Babin – Designated Family Law Paralegal – free consultation up to thirty (30) minutes.
  • Sandra Jennings, Shelly Butler, and Aisha Naveed – Family Law Lawyers with several years of experience – $100.00 inclusive of taxes up to 30 minutes.
  • Susan Kim – Family Law Lawyer with over twenty years of litigation experience – $200.00 inclusive of taxes up to one (1) hour.

*Please note lawyer’s normal hourly rates will be charged for services beyond the first consultation. To request a consultation booking, please fill out our form below or call 604-568-9444 or Toll Free 1-855-422-2529 from anywhere in BC.

We offer consultations over the phone, by video, or in-person.

Frequently Asked Questions

A divorce order is usually granted after spouses have lived apart for at least one year. The one year waiting period does not apply if there has been physical or emotional abuse or if a spouse has committed adultery.

The timeline to get a divorce order from the court can vary. If a divorce is uncontested, the application can be filed and processed with the Court in a couple of months. A divorce is final 31 days after a divorce order is granted if that order is not appealed. If spouses are not able to agree on issues such as property division, child custody, and child and spousal support, the divorce is contested and it will take some time to resolve these issues before the divorce can be finalized.
Separation refers to the time spouses stop living together in a marriage-like relationship. For married spouses, a divorce order is typically granted after the spouses have lived separate and apart for one year.

For common-law spouses, the common-law relationship ends when the spouses separate. There is no need for a divorce order.
In British Columbia, the general rule is that all assets and debts are divided equally between each spouse.

Some assets may include:

  • The family home
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Pensions
  • Retirement plans
  • Furniture and cars
  • Insurance polices

Some debts may include:

  • A line of credit
  • A personal loan
  • Credit card debt
  • Mortgage
  • Car loan
  • Student loans
Exclusions and exceptions apply to the rule. For example, property acquired by a spouse before the relationship between the spouses began are excluded from family property. However, any increases in value in that property during the relationship could be divided.

Sometimes, the Court may divide property unequally, but only if it will be “significantly unfair” to divide it equally.

You should consult a lawyer if you have any questions about how your property should be divided.

How do you split assets in a divorce?
In British Columbia, the general rule is that all assets and debts are divided equally between each spouse.

Some assets may include:
  • The family home
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Pensions
  • Retirement plans
  • Furniture and cars
  • Insurance polices

In British Columbia, the general rule is that all assets and debts are divided equally between each spouse.

Some assets may include:

  • The family home
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Pensions
  • Retirement plans
  • Furniture and cars
  • Insurance polices

It is generally a good idea to account for all the assets owned by you and your spouse and determine the value of these assets. If one spouse leaves the marriage with more assets than the other, that spouse may be required to make an equalization payment to correct the imbalance.

Property division is usually confirmed through a legal written agreement or through a court order. You should consult a lawyer if you have any questions about how your property should be divided.

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