If your parents are splitting up, you might want to know about the laws on legal separation and divorce in Canada. This section explains the following things:
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When two people who are married decide to split up, they need to get a divorce to legally end their marriage.
They can also decide to get a legal separation and divide up their property. They have to go to court for this, but this does not end the marriage. Divorce is the only way to end a marriage. To learn more about “legal separation” visit Éducaloi’s website.
Ideally, your parents will make the decisions together about who you’ll live with and how that will work.
Whether your parents make the decisions about custody and visiting rights themselves, or with the help of a mediator or a judge, your opinion should be taken into account.
Common-law parents — parents who chose to live together without getting married — don't get a divorce because there is no marriage to end. But they do need to decide what will happen to their children and how they’ll divide their property.