This morning, the BC Ministry of Attorney General announced the new Online Divorce Assistant Application. This new online tool will assist people in BC to finalize divorces. It is intended to speed up processing times and to help get rid of filing errors.
Who is it for (currently)?
- agree on all family law issues applicable to them – such as spousal support, and dividing family property and debt(s);
- do not have dependent children; and
- who intend to “joint-file” their divorces (work together, in cooperation, to get the job done).
Currently, 30% of the 10,000 divorces filed every year in BC are filed jointly.
How do I use the App?
You can use the Online Divorce Assistant on any smartphone or computer, but it is ideally viewed on devices that are at least tablet-sized. It takes about 15-30 minutes to complete.
What does the App do?
Once you go through the app and answer all its questions, you can print out the finished documents and take them to a BC Supreme Court registry for filing.
Will the App change over time?
According to the Ministry, “Plans are underway to expand the Online Divorce Assistant in coming months to include joint-filing divorces in cases that involve children.”