How to get a Divorce in Ontario step by step

Divorce in Ontario
What is a divorce certificate in Ontario?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A divorce certificate in Ontario is a legal document issued by the court that confirms your divorce has been finalized. It can be used as proof of your divorce for various purposes.

How can I get a quick divorce in Ontario?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A quick divorce in Ontario can be achieved if it is uncontested and all necessary documents are correctly filled out and filed in a timely manner. However, the court still needs to process the application, which can take a few months.

What is a simple divorce in Ontario?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A simple divorce in Ontario refers to a divorce where the only claim is for the divorce itself, without any other claims such as spousal support, child custody, or division of property.

What’s the difference between contested and uncontested divorce, and what’s the duration? Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A contested divorce is one where the spouses disagree on some or all of the issues raised by the divorce. A contested divorce is usually much more drawn out than an uncontested divorce; the duration of the proceedings will depend on if and when the case settles.

What is an uncontested divorce? Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

An uncontested divorce is when the parties have nothing to “fight” over or negotiate, as they have already dealt with their child and property (assets) arrangements.

In Ontario, How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce? Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

In Ontario, How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce? 

A simple divorce can be completed in 4 to 6 months when matters such as child arrangement and property division are resolved before making the divorce application; however, contested and complicated divorces that involve courtroom litigation or mediation will take longer.

How much does it cost to file a divorce application? Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

How much does it cost to file a divorce application? 

Divorce costs vary due to variables such as document preparation costs, child support orders, and spousal support orders. But as a quick reference, the basic court fees for divorce in Ontario total $632 (not document preparation costs).

Do I have to be separated before getting a divorce in Canada? Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

It depends on your situation and your reason for getting a divorce. If you are the victim of either adultery or cruelty, you may be able to obtain a divorce instantly. However, the only reason fueling your desire to obtain a divorce is because you and your spouse no longer love each other or do not get along. In that case, a mandatory one-year separation period must be satisfied.

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I assist intelligent and successful couples in crafting rapid, custom separation agreements that pave the way for a smooth transition towards a secure future. This efficient process is achieved in about four meetings, effectively sidestepping the excessive conflicts, confusion, and costs commonly linked to legal proceedings. Clients have the flexibility to collaborate with me either via video conference or in-person through a DTSW associate at any of our six Greater Toronto mediation centers, located in Aurora, Barrie, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

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