Divorcing In British Columbia: Fees And Regulations 2024 - Zukerman Law

Divorcing In British Columbia: Fees And Regulations

Getting a divorce can be a difficult and stressful task, but fortunately, your lawyer can help you move through the legal implications of divorce, so you can more easily understand what you need out of your marriage and take steps toward getting those assets.

Divorcing is more than just breaking down your marriage; it’s dividing assets, working on guardianship arrangements if you have children and even discussing what happens to family pets. Before you can get a divorce, though, you need to make sure your case meets the grounds for one. You can choose a no-fault divorce or a for-fault divorce, but in either case, you’ll need to live apart from your spouse for one year before you can divorce legally.

If your divorce is uncontested, then that’s easier to complete. With an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree that the divorce should happen, but only one person has to file for the divorce. If you are accusing the other party of abuse or adultery, then you will need to appear in court for your for-fault case. You may also need to appear in court if your ex challenges the divorce papers that you’ve filed.

Cost is a concern for many when it comes to divorce, but the filing fees are reasonable. It’s around $210 in British Columbia to file for divorce, which won’t include your lawyer fees or other mediation outside court.

Our website has more information on divorce and the rules and costs associated with it. You deserve to know about all aspects of divorce before you file, so you can make the right decision for you and your family.


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.