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Separation happens when you are married, and you and your spouse begin living ‘separate and apart.' This means you are no longer going to live together as a married couple. In most cases, you have to be separated from your spouse for one year before you can file for divorce. 

Use the menu on the left or click any of the links below for more information:

Separation for Married Couples

Divorce - includes links to forms

Matrimonial property, pensions & debts


If you are separating from your partner, or are involved with, or going to be involved with, the court, it is always a good idea to speak with a lawyer. Click here for information about legal support and advice options in Nova Scotia, including no- and low-cost services.


For a checklist to ensure your divorce forms are in the right format and free of errors, click here.

Court staff and lawyers may use these notes to help parties ensure their forms are in the correct format.

Click here to access the Guide to Filing for Divorce in Nova Scotia.