Divorce 101 FAQs Jurisdiction

Can I get a divorce in Canada even if I was married in a different country? What if my country of origin has refused or will not grant me a divorce?

In Canada, as long as you or your spouse has lived in Canada for at least one year, you will be able to receive a divorce. Divorces are granted by the courts in Canada based on your current marital status as determined by the government of Canada and not as determined by the government where you were married.

Neither you nor your spouse is required to be a Canadian citizen in order to receive a divorce in Canada. The only requirement to make a court application for a divorce is that you or your spouse has been resident in Canada for at least one year.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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