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Finding Support During and After Divorce in Ontario: Groups, Counseling, and Resources

Written by Russell Alexander / (905) 655-6335

Divorce can be one of life’s most challenging experiences, marked by emotional upheaval, significant life changes, and legal complexities. In Ontario, as of 2024, there are numerous resources available to help individuals navigate the personal and legal aspects of divorce. From support groups to professional counseling and legal assistance, understanding the available support can make a significant difference in managing the process and rebuilding after a divorce. This article explores the various support options available in Ontario to help you through this difficult time. 

 Support Groups in Ontario 

  1. DivorceCare: DivorceCare is a nationwide support group with local chapters throughout Ontario. It offers a series of group sessions that cover various aspects of divorce, from emotional healing to practical legal issues.  
  2. Community Centers and Churches: Many community centers and churches offer divorce support groups, providing a space to share experiences and coping strategies with others who understand what you’re going through. 
  3. Online Forums and Social Media: Online platforms can connect you with support groups and communities, offering the convenience of accessing support from home and connecting with others across Ontario and beyond. 

Professional Counseling and Therapy 

  1. Individual Counseling: A professional therapist or counselor specializing in divorce can provide personalized guidance and strategies for managing the emotional aspects of divorce, helping you process your feelings and plan for the future. 
  2. Family Counseling: If you have children, family counseling can help you and your children navigate the changes in your family dynamics, ensuring everyone’s emotional needs are addressed. 
  3. Relationship Counseling: For those in new relationships or looking to understand past relationship patterns, relationship counseling can provide insights and tools for healthier future relationships.

Legal and Financial Assistance 

  1. Legal Aid Ontario: For those with limited financial resources, Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for family law matters, including divorce and custody issues.  
  2. Family Law Information Centers (FLICs): Located in courthouses across Ontario, FLICs offer free information and guidance on family law issues, including referrals to legal and social service resources.  
  3. Financial Planners and Divorce Financial Analysts: Professionals specializing in divorce finances can help you understand the financial implications of divorce and plan for a secure financial future. 

Community and Government Resources 

  1. Ontario 211: By dialing 211, you can access information about community and social services in Ontario, including those related to divorce and family support. 
  2. Children’s Aid Societies: If you’re concerned about your child’s welfare or need support in ensuring their well-being during and after the divorce, Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario can provide guidance and assistance. 
  3. Health Care Providers: Your family doctor or healthcare provider can offer support and referrals to mental health services and counseling. 

Final Thoughts and Recommendations 

  • Reach Out: Don’t hesitate to seek support. Whether it’s through a support group, professional counseling, or legal assistance, the right support can make a significant difference in your divorce journey. 
  • Explore Multiple Options: Everyone’s needs are different. Explore various support options to find what works best for you and your family. 
  • Prioritize Self-Care: Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is crucial during this time. Ensure you’re getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you peace and joy. 


Divorce is a challenging journey, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. In Ontario, a wide range of support options is available to help you through the legal process and emotional upheaval. By leveraging support groups, professional counseling, and legal resources, you can manage the complexities of divorce more effectively and start building a positive future. Remember, seeking support is a sign of strength and an important step in healing and moving forward after a divorce. 


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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the Founder & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.