How Do I Start My Separation In Alberta?
What Is A Separation?
What is considered a separation in Alberta and how do I start the process? As it goes, for a separation to be legally recognized as such, there are some basic prerequisites. In order to apply for a divorce, you have to be living separately and apart from your spouse for at least one year. This is called separation, and it’s the first step in getting a divorce.
Everyone is different: some people want to work out their problems and save their marriage, while others can’t stand the thought of being married for even 1 more day. The reason for the separation doesn’t affect whether or not you’re eligible for a divorce.
Should You Hire A Lawyer?
If you and your spouse decide to end your marriage, you have two basic options: joint counseling or divorce. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your separation agreement, one of you can prepare it on his/her own. On the other hand, if you are in disagreement over important issues such as custody of children, support, or division of property, then you need independent divorce lawyers to represent your interests in court.
Divorce is never easy or simple, but it becomes even more complicated and difficult if you represent yourself in a case. You and your spouse should hire independent divorce lawyers even if you have agreed on the terms of your separation agreement. This ensures that both sides are protected from undue pressure or coercion.
What Must You Do To Start Your Separation?
Separation in Alberta means living apart from your spouse for at least one year before divorce proceedings can begin in the courts. In almost all cases, separation must be “lived” out without a court order or written agreement – unless you’ve signed a separation agreement.
If you have children, you must also continue to provide financial support for them if there’s a chance your spouse will make their claim for child support during that time. The only exception to this is if you have a written separation agreement that divides up property and debts, and deals with child-related expenses.
The separation process is a difficult one, emotions may run high and you may have a hard time coping with your new life circumstances. The below lists contains some tips that can help you through this arduous process:
1. Accept the breakup;
2. Figure out how you feel;
3. Communicate your feelings to your partner;
4. Seek support during the breakup;
5. Don’t blame or deny responsibility for your actions in the relationship;
6. Be prepared for a hard road ahead;
7. Take new steps and explore who you really are; and
8. Remove emotional baggage from the relationship.
Is Legal Separation in Alberta The Same As Divorce?
When two people who have been living together as a married or common-law couple decide to live apart, it is called “separation”. But what is the difference between a separation and a divorce?
Separation is the period of time when you and your spouse or common-law partner decide to live apart. During this time, you are still legally married/common-law partners and both must fulfill your responsibilities as spouse/common-law partners. After separation, you may choose to remain married/in a common-law partnership or divorce.
Some couples will choose to live apart without ever officially ending the marriage or domestic partnership, whereas others will seek a divorce or end the relationship altogether.
The Separation Takeaway
Beginning to separate and obtaining a divorce are very serious decisions, and the ramifications of it will affect the rest of your life. Don’t rush to this decision until you’ve taken some time to think about what you and your spouse are arguing over, and how much you really want out of this marriage. It might also be good to consult a lawyer who can help you understand what steps need to be taken next and how to prepare for your separation in Alberta.