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Divorce mediation provides parties with a time-efficient, non-adversarial, and less costly alternative to resolving issues concerning child access and custody, division of property, separation, and support. If you and your partner are considering mediation, we can help. At Positive Solutions, we offer an environment that reduces the stress of the divorce process in Ontario. With our guidance, you and your partner can move forward with your lives in a positive and productive manner.
The Divorce Process in Ontario
Are you wondering, ‘how can I get a divorce in Ontario?’ The federal Divorce Act in Ontario states that you can be granted a divorce by a court if there’s a breakdown in the marriage. According to the law, proving that your spouse has committed adultery or cruelty and being separated from your partner for at least a year are the two conditions that qualify as a breakdown. This means, if you’re filing an application for divorce, you have to satisfy the court that there’s been a breakdown of your marriage.
Ontario’s approach to divorce uses a no-fault approach. As such, it doesn’t matter if the divorce was one partner’s fault, the person’s entitlement to access or custody to their kids, support, and property division are not affected.
- Divorce and Separation
If there are no complicated issues, your divorce can be finalized in just a couple of months. But, a court cannot grant you the divorce until you’re separated for a period of one year. In case you have complex issues, the best move is to enlist the services of an experienced and reputable family attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
That said, there are exceptions to the rules. You can be granted a divorce without having to wait for a year of separation if you prove your marriage has broken down because of the following:
- Your spouse committed mental and physical cruelty.
- Your spouse committed adultery.
When you apply for a divorce on the grounds of any of the above reasons, your partner may oppose it, resulting in a more expensive and lengthy process.
So, how much does it cost to get a divorce in Ontario? The courthouse charges a filing fee of about $ 448 for a divorce in Ontario. You’ll need to file the divorce documents with an Ontario court clerk.
How Do I Apply for a Divorce by Myself?
If you choose to file for divorce on your own, you will need to get the documents for filing from the courthouse then file the documents with the court. While this might look like an easy process, the forms can become cumbersome if you and your spouse have children and properties.
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If you want to file for divorce or have already done so, but you would wish to resolve your differences while maintaining a civilized relationship with your soon to be ex-spouse, we can assist you. In addition to reducing the financial costs and stress that comes with the divorce process in Ontario, mediation can provide you with better control over the outcome. Contact Positive Solutions for the best online mediation services for separating couples in Ontario: (888) 779-8777.