Divorce & Separation In Ontario

When a married couple has been separated and apart for 1 year either side can apply for a divorce. This process can be started earlier than the 1 year waiting period, but a divorce cannot be granted until the parties have been separated for at least 1 year. Couples who separate can arrange their affairs with the creation of either a temporary or final separation agreement. This is ideal as separation agreements save money, stress and time (the consequences of litigation). They can be filed with a court of law in Ontario.  

When parties do not have any children, support or property issues, or, if those matters have already been dealt with pursuant to a separation agreement, then an uncontested divorce can be pursued. Regardless of whether children are involved or not, divorce is one of the messiest and most emotional areas of law and it is highly recommended to consult with counsel should you find yourself in a marital breakdown heading towards divorce.

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Who Pays For The Costs Of A Divorce In Ontario?

If you and your spouse are going through a simple divorce (or a not so simple one), you may be asking yourself who will pay the costs of getting a divorce?  Even if your separation is messy and complicated or even possibly going through the courts, the actual process of

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What Is Considered To Be A Simple Divorce In Ontario?

Okay, so let me start off by telling you exactly what I mean by the words “SIMPLE DIVORCE”.   Before I do that however, as any lawyer will tell you, rarely is anything “simple” in law.  However, many simple divorces are indeed fairly simple to complete from a lawyer’s point of

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How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce In Ontario?

This is a question I am often asked.  Assuming we are talking about a basic, uncontested divorce, the average process usually takes approximately 6 months from start to finish (in my experience).  The timing depends on a bunch of factors, including which courthouse you are filing the divorce in.  Certain

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