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Navigating the Steps of Divorce in Ontario

Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally taxing process, but understanding the steps involved can considerably ease the stress. In Ontario, the procedure for obtaining a divorce is structured and involves several stages, particularly when proceeding through mediation. Our goal at Divorce is Simple, a trusted divorce mediation company, is to guide you through these steps with clarity and support, ensuring a smoother transition into your new chapter.



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Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility for Divorce

To file for divorce in Ontario, you must meet certain criteria:

  • You or your spouse have lived in Ontario for at least 12 months preceding your application.

  • Your marriage has broken down, evidenced by separation for at least one year, adultery, or physical/mental cruelty.

Step 2: Consider Divorce Mediation

Before jumping into litigation, consider divorce mediation. Mediation involves working with a neutral third party (a mediator) to resolve issues amicably. This step can save time, reduce costs, and decrease the emotional strain often associated with court battles. Book your free telephone consultation here.

Step 3: Identify and Divide Property and Assets

One of the crucial steps in divorce proceedings is dividing property and assets. In Ontario, this usually means equalizing the family's net property acquired during the marriage. Both parties disclose assets and liabilities, with the mediator's help, to reach a fair agreement.

Step 4: Determine Spousal and Child Support

If applicable, you'll need to calculate spousal and child support. Ontario follows specific guidelines for determining amounts based on income, the length of the marriage, and the children's needs. Mediation can help negotiate terms that work for both parties, focusing on the best interests of the children.

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Step 5: Develop a Parenting Plan

For couples with children, developing a comprehensive parenting plan is essential. This plan includes custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and how major decisions regarding the children will be made. Mediation provides a collaborative environment to discuss and agree on these critical aspects.

Step 6: File Your Application for Divorce

Once you've worked through these steps with your mediator, you're ready to file your divorce application. You can file a joint application if both parties agree on all matters or an individual application if there are still unresolved issues. In Ontario, you'll submit your application to the Superior Court of Justice.

Step 7: Wait for the Divorce to Be Finalized

After filing, there's a mandatory waiting period. The court will review your application and, if everything is in order, will issue a Divorce Order. Your divorce becomes final 31 days after the date the Divorce Order is made.


Divorce is undoubtedly a significant life event, but it doesn't have to be fraught with conflict and undue stress. By choosing mediation through Divorce is Simple, you can navigate the divorce process in Ontario with dignity, respect, and mutual agreement. Our experienced mediators are here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring that all parties can move forward positively.

Remember, divorce marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. With the right support and guidance, you can transition smoothly and confidently into your new future.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Together, we can make divorce a step toward a brighter tomorrow.


Why Choose Divorce is Simple

  • Streamlined Process: Divorce is Simple offers a simplified approach to divorce, making the legal procedures understandable and less overwhelming for our clients.

  • Expert Mediators: Our team consists of highly trained and empathetic mediators who are experts in Ontario’s divorce laws, ensuring you receive knowledgeable guidance every step of the way.

  • Flexible Options: We offer both online and in-person mediation services, providing flexibility to accommodate your specific needs and preferences.

  • Cost-Effective Solutions: Divorce is Simple is committed to offering affordable mediation services, reducing the financial burden often associated with divorce proceedings.

  • Confidential and Neutral Environment: We ensure a confidential and neutral setting that fosters open communication, allowing both parties to express their needs and concerns freely.

  • Focus on Wellbeing: Our approach prioritizes the emotional wellbeing of our clients, offering support and resources to help manage the stress and emotional impact of divorce.

  • Customized Agreements: We tailor our mediation process to suit the unique circumstances of each case, facilitating fair and mutually agreeable solutions for property division, child custody, and support arrangements.

  • Time-Efficient Resolutions: Our mediation process is designed to reach resolutions more quickly than traditional court battles, helping you move forward sooner.

  • Client Empowerment: Divorce is Simple empowers clients by involving them actively in the decision-making process, ensuring they feel heard and respected.

  • Positive Foundation for the Future: We aim to resolve conflicts amicably, laying a positive foundation for future interactions, especially important for co-parenting relationships. Choosing Divorce is Simple means opting for a path that leads to resolution with dignity, respect, and a focus on a brighter future. Book a consultation online >

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