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Filing for divorce is a tremendously stressful situation for everyone involved, and it can get worse if there are kids involved. While the divorce process can be very simple, it can also be very difficult. At Positive Solutions Divorce Services, we have dealt with a broad range of divorces and have seen the easiest and very difficult separations. Child custody, division of property, alimony, child support, and some other factors during the marriage dissolution process will have a significant impact on how expensive, smoothly, and quickly the divorce process goes. Let’s take a look at what you need to apply for divorce in Ontario.
The Difference Between Divorce and Separation
Separation happens when you, your spouse or both of you decide to live apart from each other with no intention of living together again. Once separated, you and your spouse may need to discuss child support, custody, access, property, and spousal support. You can agree on a separation agreement with your spouse. This is a legal document that contain the arrangement on which you both agree and it must be signed by both parties.
In some areas, you need independent legal advice to make the agreement legally binding. While you and your spouse can reach an informal agreement, you will not be protected legally when one party fails to honor the separation agreement.
How Can I Get a Divorce in Ontario?
You need to apply for divorce Ontario. Generally, to be able to divorce in Ontario, you must meet all of these requirements:
- Your marriage has broken down.
- You are legally married to your spouse under the laws of Canada. Also, you are legally married in another country and it is recognized in Canada.
- You or your spouse lived in the territory/province where you file for the divorce for a whole year before applying for a divorce.
How to Start The Divorce Process In Ontario
While the Divorce Act is a federal law, the territories and provinces are responsible for the divorce process. You are required to fill out the right divorce forms for your territory/province and submit them in court. Besides, your lawyer can do the work for you. They must strictly follow the court rules that process your divorce, and you may also be required to pay a divorce application fee.
It is always a good idea to consult your lawyer before applying for a divorce. Your lawyer can tell you about your and rights and make you understand how the law applies to your specific case. At Positive Solutions Divorce Services, we will also explain what other documents that maybe required in court.
We are Here to Help
If you have more questions about applying for divorce in Ontario, such as “how much does it cost to get a divorce in Ontario” or “how to apply for divorce Ontario,” meet our Mediation Coordinator for free. When you trust Positive Solutions Divorce Services to handle the application for divorce in Ontario, you can expect high-quality legal counsel and transparency throughout your case. Contact Positive Solutions for the best online mediation services in Ontario: (888) 779 – 8777.