Here you will find legal information on court proceedings, financial settlements and orders, child maintenance, information on custody of the children as well as ways to avoid extended court proceedings through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.
Frequently asked questions
In Canada, you must show the marriage has broken down and there is no hope of reconciliation. There are two ways to prove this: “no fault” divorce, where both parties agree to dissolve the marriage; and “for fault” divorce, where one party applies for divorce alleging adultery, or either mental or physical abuse.
Also called a “sole” or “desk” divorce occurs when both spouses agree to
the breakup, but only one fills out the official divorce application
and the other doesn’t challenge any of the grounds for divorce.
No. If only one spouse seeks a divorce that is enough to prove a
breakdown in marriage has occurred. A divorce will likely be granted
faster if both parties are in agreement, but it does not have to be
Divorce fees vary across Canada. In Nova Scotia, an uncontested divorce
application costs $200 to file, while in Ontario the same process
(referred to as a “simple” divorce) costs $167. In Quebec the fee is
$176, while filing your divorce application in Alberta and B.C. costs
This is a legal document created between two spouses at the time of
their separation and witnessed by a legal professional such as a lawyer
or notary. The contract establishes each party’s rights on issues such
as child custody, spousal support, property, savings, pensions,
inheritances, and debts.