separation agreements and court orders can resolve some family matters when you separate but they do not legally end your marriage. The only way to legally end your marriage in Ontario is to get a divorce. The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General provides useful information about divorce law and procedure.
To get started, you should review What You Should Know about Family Law in Ontario
which covers many aspects of divorce and separation, including mediation, choosing a lawyer
, going to court, and your rights and obligations.
Another helpful publication is a Family Law Information Centres (FLIC's) which explains areas in each family courthouse where you can receive free information about divorce, separation and related family law issues (child custody
, access, child support
, property division and child protection) and referrals to community resources. Each FLIC has a variety of publications available addressing these issues, as well as guides to court procedures.
Community Legal Education Ontario has published a brochure entitled
Getting Divorced that addresses a number of key questions: Do I need a reason to get a divorce?, Can there be a divorce if only one of us wants it?, Who can apply for the divorce?, Can I get a divorce if I am not a Canadian citizen?, and many other questions.
To find an Ontario divorce lawyer or law firm in your area,
including Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Barrie and other locations in Ontario.