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 jurisdictions take longer than others.  Other factors are whether you have the necessary documents ahead of time, including the original marriage certificate, and whether your soon to be ex-partner can be easily located or not.  There is a standard 30 day waiting period to allow for the other side to respond.  Further factors involve court processing times.  It’s generally easy and quick to start the divorce process.  The second step after the mandatory 30 day waiting period involves drafting and filing what’s known in the province of Ontario as an “Affidavit for Divorce”.  Once this Affidavit is filed, you are at the mercy of the court in terms of waiting for a Judge to sign off on the divorce – this is the longest part in the process.  If you are interested to file a divorce in Ontario, please give me a call at 905-789-9007 or email me at  and I would be happy to provide you with a confidential consultation.  For more information you can also visit my website at

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