How To Get A Divorce in Ontario

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When a relationship no longer works, after you have tried everything to make it work, worked with marriage counsellors and others, often the only option is to get a divorce. In Niagara, getting a divorce in Ontario is governed by the rules and laws of Ontario.

At this point in your search for information you may be thinking about separation, are already separated or just trying to learn more about the procedures and what is involved in getting a divorce, but haven’t separated yet.  In this article, we have put together useful and helpful informational resources to help you learn more and move forward in the next stages of your life.

One of the best resources available is through the Ministry of the Attorney General website.

Divorce Resources:

Links to further information as outlined below are available on the site listed above.

  • What you should know about Family Law in Ontario
  • Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)
  • Family Law Information (Community, Legal, Education)
  • Resource List
  • Steps to Justice
  • Legal Aid
  • Helping Children Cope with Separation and Divorce

Settling Out of Court

This is always a big question: How to separate/divorce without going to court? Again you will find resources for:

  • Using a Lawyer
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative Family Law

The last option is lesser known, but worth consideration for an amicable and often less expensive alternative to traditional divorce procedures.

Collaborative Family law is working with collaborative members such as lawyers, financial and health / welfare specialists that will assist you in negotiating a resolution in a principled and respectful manner without going to court. In fact, both parties sign a contract committing to this in advance.

The collaborative settlement process for separation and divorce is typically a five step plan including:

  1. Team Building
  2. Information Gathering
  3. Interests & Options
  4. Decisions
  5. Finalizing & Implementing

You can learn more about the Collaborative Practice Roadmap here  and find collaborative practice members in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, and surrounding Niagara locations by visiting our member directory.

Going to Court

The Ministry website also outlines information on

  • Understanding the Family Court System in Ontario
  • Guide to Procedures in Family Court
  • How to Get Copies of Your Divorce Certificate
  • Court Locations in Ontario

Other Resources Available:

  • Completing Court Forms
  • Separation and Children
  • Financial Issues

The information provided at the Ministry of the Attorney General website is a good resource for informational purposes. It is in your best interest to speak with professionals to help you arrive at the best possible outcome when your relationship is no longer viable.

Collaborative Practice is a strong and viable option for many facing this troubling time. To learn more about the Benefits of the Collaborative Approach click here, for more information.  You will find a selection of family lawyers, financial professionals and family and emotional health professionals to choose from.

Note: Not all lawyers, financial professionals and health and family advisors are certified and trained in collaborative team practice services.