De facto spouses can also separate amicably.
For example, they can settle the terms of their separation with or without help from a mediator, notary or lawyer.
They can specify:
- who will have custody of their children;
- the amount of any child support payments;
- visiting and outing rights for the non-custodial parent;
- the division of their property.
The steps that apply after a family mediation process may apply to an amicable separation. Please see the section After mediation.
When agreement is impossible
Spouses who are unable to reach an agreement can get help from a family mediator or a legal advisor.
As a last resort, they can submit their case to the courts.