FAQs Jurisdiction

I live in Ontario, and my spouse lives abroad, where we were married. Can I file for divorce here in Ontario?

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

Marriages abroad may be dissolved here in Canada, provided you are ordinarily resident in Ontario, or any other province, for at least one year. If you have been living continuously in Ontario for at least a year, you can apply for a divorce. The fact your spouse lives abroad does not disqualify you from applying for a divorce.

Your place of marriage has no significant impact on where you are divorced.  At the center of the matter is whether at least one spouse actually lives in the place where the divorce is sought.

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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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