Divorce 101 FAQs

What if my spouse and I got married in another country? Can I still get a divorce in Canada?

In Canada, divorces are granted based on the status of your marriage as defined by Canadian legislation, not the legislation of the country you were married in. As long as either you or your spouse have been residing in Canada for one year or more, you can be granted a divorce. Furthermore, provided you have lived in Canada for at least the required one-year time period, you can receive a divorce in Canada even if you and your spouse are not citizens of Canada.

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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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