The Following Are Important Resources for Divorcing Couples.

 How to Divorce in BC Canada

Our hearts go out to all those divorcing or going through divorce. However, there IS life after divorce…promise!

Spousal Support Calculator

Click here for a calculator to help you figure out the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG.)

Child Support Calculator

Click here to find out how to calculate child support.

How To Order a Marriage Certificate

A party to a marriage, or a person with written authorization by the couple, can order a marriage certificate. You can make application for a marriage certificate:

Click HERE to order your certificate.

Please note that effective February 12, 2007, the Vital Statistics Agency has implemented centralized printing of all certificates out of the Victoria office. All certificates will be mailed or couriered to clients direct from Victoria.

Important Note: For divorce purposes, you only need the $27 marriage certificate.

Obtaining a Divorce Certificate in BC

Obtaining your divorce certificate is simple. You will need to contact the Supreme Court registry where your divorce was filed.
Registry staff at the court location you contact will be able to assist you with your questions.

The cost for a divorce certificate is $40 Canadian if you receive it locally. The Kelowna Registry phone number is 250.470.6900. You typically will be asked to leave a message and they call you back. Include your file number if possible.

To request the divorce certificate by mail, include a letter with pertinent information regarding your divorce, your mailing address, telephone number, a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance in Canadian and mail it to the applicable court registry. The cost is $50 and includes a $10 mailing fee.

If you are unsure of the location where your divorce was filed, your best course of action would be to contact the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings for Canada, located in Ottawa.They will not be able to provide you with the document, however, they will be able to confirm at which registry your divorce was filed. They can be reached at:
Telephone: 613 957-4519
Facsimile: 613 941-2520
Website: Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (CRDP)

See the BC government website for any updates by clicking HERE.

A Guide to the New BC Family Law Act

An introduction to the new BC Family Law Act in effect March 18, 2013. Published by the Legal Services Society, John-Paul Boyd and Nate Prosser wrote this excellent guide and it includes information about:

  • making agreements to stay out of court,
  • child and spousal support,
  • moving with children,
  • parenting arrangements,
  • dividing property and debt
  • dispute resolution

You can read the guide by clicking HERE.

Living Together or Living Apart

Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce
Explains the basics of family law in BC. Includes information about living common-law or being married, the process for separation and divorce, how to work out custody, spousal support, child support, and access issues if there are children involved, and how to sort out money matters.

Read this simple but important booklet by clicking HERE.

“Because Life Goes On… Helping Children and Youth Live with Separation and Divorce”

This is a Health Canada publication intended to reach out to Canadian families in need of information and resources to help their children to live through the process of separation and divorce. Click HERE.

Parental Alienation

A website for the Kelowna and Okanagan area which provides knowledge and understanding needed to deal with the consequences of parental alienation that often comes with divorce, custody/access issues, and the resulting parental struggles.

Pooka Monkers Notices: A Child’s Hopeful Journey Through Family Separation

Recommended for children ages 6-9 yrs.
This profound yet whimsical story written in rhyming couplets cultivates compassion for any child navigating through the loss of the family they once knew. With brilliant paintings, empowering parenting messages, and an author’s reading CD, this book will start a deeper conversation with your child and support the healing process. Join Pooka as she processes the dissolve of her nuclear family and discovers that being happy is still possible.
Story by Shannon Strumecki, Art by Kelly Sutherland.
ISBN 978-0-9868047-0-0. For more information or to purchase this book/cd visit 


Sharla Schofield , BA, BSW, MEd, RSW, RCC

Child Specialist and Divorce Coach.  250-212-3220

Mortgage Brokers

Dave Lytton

A Kelowna Mortgage Specialist with Dominion Lending Centres.  “Investing in relationships, not transactions”

This is a gov’t of British Columbia website that is dedicated to helping families through separation and divorce and which combines animation, text, audio and video to help children, teens and parents better cope.

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

An explanation of what the guidelines are.

On the Doorstep of Divorce?

If you are contemplating or starting the divorce process, opt for a peaceful and less stressful divorce. Use mediation.
Give us a call at 250.707.0928, or request a consultation.

divorce mediation kelownaAbout Kelowna Divorce Mediation Services

We are family divorce mediators.  Our boutique divorce mediation firm has become Kelownas’ first choice when dealing with separation and divorce. It is possible to reduce stress, time and conflict. Our mediation model educates and empowers our clients, so that when you leave you have a document that will stand the test of time.

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