Divorce 101 FAQs

Is a religious divorce “legal”?

In short: a religious divorce is not a legally recognized way to end a marriage in Canada.

If you are practicing a religion that requires a religious divorce (for example, to remarry) than you may need to acquire a religious divorce in addition to your legal divorce.

In this case, it is important to outline that the courts cannot grant your religious divorce at the same time as granting your legal divorce. You will have to receive this religious divorce separately, likely from your religious organization.

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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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