It is vital to understand what an Ontario divorce costs and the fee structure associated with separation and contested divorce and uncontested divorce. Quite frankly, it is more important to understand the costs of the versious settlement options for a contested divorce.
To compare and to understand divorce costs in Ontario, let us classify divorce into two categories: the inexpensive separation lets call it a Blue Ocean Divorce and the costly one, and we will call this the Red Ocean Divorce. What makes Blue Ocean Divorce different from the Red Ocean Divorce is not as clear as you may think.
If you were to approach a separating couple about the type of divorce they want, odds are they’re going to pick the cheaper option, the Blue Ocean Divorce.
However, once they start to take action (or choose not to), they may wind up with a Red Ocean Divorce that burns through their wallets.
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Ontario Divorce costs are quite cheap
Relatively speaking, divorce costs in Ontario are quite cheap if you have no intention of contesting the decoupling with your partner. In this scenario, you agree on child support and custody, spousal support, and the division of property. Your agreements will be documented, filed in court, and a year later, you’ll both single again. As you can see, a Blue Ocean Divorce can be a fairly simple and inexpensive process.
On the other hand, it can be quite pricey if you are in disagreement with your spouse about the above topics. A judge will have to make a court ruling to determine what’s fair for both of you as a result. In a Red Ocean Divorce, the judge is the killer whale.
A family lawyer might have already advised you (or your partner) what the probable outcome of a visit to the Red Ocean (Family Court) would be. However, you (or your partner) may have thought differently.
Granted, one spouse may have reasonable claims and demands about the divorce but still end up paying a fortune if the person they’re separating from is less than reasonable.
You both have to choose the Blue Ocean option
Essentially, you both have to choose the inexpensive Blue Ocean Divorce option – failing to do so, in the end, up in the Red Ocean Divorce, forced to pay more than you expected.
Family law is a fairly straightforward area, and it’s a fairly new aspect of the legal system. Most of the legislation is governed by is contemporary laws (as opposed to traditional ones that are left to interpretation). Family law comes down to what’s best for the child, and what is fair for both partners (such as dividing a majority of the property obtained while you are married right down the middle, and potentially making spousal support payments if substantial differences in income are apparent).
What constitutes a costly or inexpensive divorce, though? A Blue Ocean Divorce won’t set you back more than $5000 and is generally comprised of a mediated agreement.
A Red Ocean Divorce can set you back anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000! Not very many divorces end up on the high end of that range, but the ones that do involve motions for pre-trials, potential interlocutory appeals, long trials, and trial appeals, if necessary.
Ontario Divorce Costs and Making the RIGHT Choice
Learn more about your options in separation and divorce and how the decisions you make now can affect your overall costs and well-being.
Ken S. Maynard is an Ontario Accredited Divorce Mediator (Acc.FM) and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). He is a specialist in comprehensive divorce mediation services resulting in a separation agreement. You can meet with Ken at any of the 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centres including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough