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Legal Separation Lawyer


Marriage and relationships take an unending supply of patience and work. Sometimes, though—despite a couple’s best efforts—relationships fail. If you and your spouse have decided it’s time to separate, you’re probably facing a lot of stressful decisions right now.

When you’re confused about your options, it’s time to talk to a caring family lawyer about your legal separation. BC couples who have just separated have many decisions to make, including where to live, child visitation issues, and the process of filing for divorce. Valerie M Little Law Corporation knows you have complicated choices ahead of you—and we’re ready to help.

Know the Facts

Although it’s common to use the term ‘legal separation’ in Canada, the term confuses some people. Here are the facts you need to know about separating from your spouse:

You are considered legally separated when you live apart from your spouse or offer documentation that proves you lead separate lives (particularly financially).

Your separation period can be indefinite, lasting a few months, a year, or several years, depending on individual circumstances.

You must file for divorce if you intend to remarry; otherwise, you have the option of continuing your legal separation without filing for divorce.

You need to be separated for a full year in order to ask for divorce; however, you can file for a divorce immediately upon separation. There are exceptions in cases of cruelty or adultery. Ask your lawyer for clarification.

Trust Your Family Law Concerns to Us

At Valerie M Little Law Corporation, we’ve been helping people with family issues for more than 25 years throughout the BC Lower Mainland, including: Coquitlam, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Langley and New Westminster. No matter your question or concern about separation or divorce, Ms. Little is an honest, caring choice of legal separation lawyer in BC.


When you need a blend of experience, knowledge, integrity, and helpful advice, trust Valerie Little. If you have questions now, consult our resources page and then contact us for an initial consultation to obtain advice on your particular situation.

Valerie M. Little Law Corporation is centrally located in New Westminster and serves the surrounding areas of Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale, Delta, Langley, Tri-Cities, the Lower Mainland, Squamish and Whistler.

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