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Divorce Rates in British Columbia

Whether sharing personal experiences or researching options and possibilities, divorce is always a sensitive subject. The process, from start to finish can often feel lonely or confusing but the dissolution of marriages is more common than one might think. Research on the subject involves learning about divorce rates in Canada, common reasons for divorce or how to get started on a filing. No matter the subject matter, accessible information can be a huge advantage.

All of Canada may fly under one distinct flag but each province has its own unique characteristics – particularly when it comes to demographics. The national rate for divorce sits around 38% overall but this is just a median number, depending on year and location, this number can fluctuate to be much higher or lower. On the west coast, the divorce rate throughout British Columbia sits around 39.8%, making it just slightly higher than the national average.

These statistics are most accurately recorded through census records, but this method still leaves a trail of incomplete data behind. Recorded numbers do not account for couples who have divorced but ultimately reconciled or those marriages that end in separation but not legal divorce.

Common Reasons for Divorce or Separation Agreements

There are any number of reasons that a relationship might come to an end. It may be a multitude of small things or one larger event. In either case, there are some factors that are more common than others.

  • Finances: It should come as no surprise that finances play a huge role in most domestic discord. This might play out as a disagreement on investments or not seeing eye-to-eye on spending, but money plays a large role in the everyday lives of couples.
  • Lack of Compatibility: Individuals do not cease personal growth just because they are married. In an ideal scenario, this growth would lead to stronger bonds but sometimes it translates instead to incompatibility and falling out of love.
  • Infidelity: Extramarital affairs (even one event) are enough to upend any relationship. This is a common reason for divorce. Even if a reconciliation is attempted, they do not always work and “cheating”, if unforgiven, can be the catalyst for filings even years after the fact.
  • Abuse: Filing on the grounds of domestic abuse will hopefully be a last result for couples. More than just being physical, domestic abuse includes the psychological and emotional as well. Anything from physical harm, harassments and threats fall under this umbrella. These situations can end not only in divorce but in potential protective or restraining orders.

Once the decision to file has been made, the next steps to a proper divorce are separation agreements, mediations or, at the worst, trial. Instead of being overwhelmed, many Canadians choose to align with experienced legal firms early-on in the process to ensure that all the proper steps are taken to move forward with the dissolution of the marriage.


Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.