Understanding Ontario’s Divorce Laws:
Divorce is an emotionally draining experience that thousands of Canadians go through every year. If you or someone you know is considering divorce in Ontario, it’s important to know the basics of the process. There are certain requirements that must be met to file for divorce in Ontario.
Grounds for Divorce:
In Ontario, the only ground for divorce is the breakdown of the marriage. This breakdown can be proven through one of three reasons: separation for at least one year, adultery, or cruelty. Most divorces are granted based on the grounds of a one-year separation.
Initiating the Divorce Process:
The spouse seeking the divorce, known as the “applicant,” must file a divorce application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The application includes details about the marriage, separation, and any relevant issues such as child custody, support, and property division.
To file for divorce in Ontario, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of the province for at least one year before filing the application.
Legal Advice: Seeking legal advice is highly recommended. A family lawyer can guide you through the complexities of the divorce process, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you make informed decisions.
Divorce is never easy, but with the right information and support, you can navigate the process with less stress and heartbreak. If you’re considering divorce in Ontario, reach out to Galbraith Family Law today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards the process. We want to help you achieve a harmonious outcome for all parties involved. Please call 866-271-0955. We serve clients in and around Barrie, Newmarket, St. Catharines, and Oakville.
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