FAQs Jurisdiction

I live outside of Canada, but was legally married in Ontario. How can I file for divorce where I live?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Your Canadian marriage may be dissolved abroad, provided you meet legal requirements for divorce imposed by the foreign jurisdiction. You may need to meet residency requirements there before applying. You may further need to obtain a declaration from a judge that your Canadian marriage is legally recognized in your foreign jurisdiction. If you live in a Commonwealth country, this should not be a problem. For specific details, contact your local government office or ministry responsible for processing divorce applications.

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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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