When are you considered separated?
Separation occurs when at least one spouse indicates clearly that they want to end the relationship and begin living independently. Living independently can occur in the same home or a different residence.
Why is the separation date important?
For married couples and common law couples, the date of separation is very important. It not only signals the breakdown of the relationship, it is also a very important factor when determining child support, spousal support and the division of assets and debt.
Federal law (Divorce Act) and provincial law (Family Law Act) govern issues relating to separation and divorce.