Divorce 101 FAQs

How long will my divorce take?

If you and your spouse agree to get a divorce, and have no outstanding issues such as child custody or property matters, you can complete the paperwork with the family court and receive a divorce within a few months afterwards.

However, in most cases, divorces also include many other issues that need to be resolved. These issues may range from financial matters to emotional matters. These types of issues commonly arise where there are children, support matters, or jointly owned property.

Lawyers can be helpful to sort out these aspects and can assist in drafting separation agreements or going to court to resolve more contentious matters.

Divorces that include other related issues may take longer to resolve. The court will not grant a divorce until both spouses agree that all matters have been resolved between them. However, if you and your spouse are willing to work together and be flexible, even divorces with related issues can be relatively quick to finalize.

Divorces become time consuming and arduous when the parties are unable to come to an agreement around dividing property, support payments, and custody/access matters.

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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), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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