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Separation agreements and court orders can resolve some family
matters when you separate but they do not legally end your
marriage. The only way to legally end your marriage is to get a
divorce. The following links will help you find more information
about divorce law and procedure.
New: Applications for divorce under the federal Civil Marriage Act for non-residents married in Ontario now accepted at SCJ family counters. Learn more
An area in each family courthouse where you can receive
free information about divorce, separation and related family
law issues (child custody, access, support, property division
and child protection) and referrals to community resources.
has a variety of publications available addressing these
issues, as well as guides to court procedures. Staff and Advice
Lawyers are also available at designated hours
Extensive list of books and websites for adults and children covering separation and divorce, parenting, emotional and financial issues. Includes age appropriate reading suggestions and interactive websites.
The mediator, a neutral third party, can help you reach an
agreement on a variety of issues, including support payments,
the division of property, and child custody and access.
Mediators, unlike judges or arbitrators, do not decide cases or
Collaborative lawyers assist parties in negotiating a
resolution of their dispute(s) in a principled and respectful
fashion without going to court. Both parties and their lawyers
sign a contract committing to this process in advance
Going to court
If you and your spouse cannot agree on how to resolve your
family law issues, you can go to court and ask a judge to decide
for you. If you are married, you will need to apply to a court to
obtain a divorce order in order to end your marriage
Both parents have a responsibility to financially support
their children. If you do not have custody, the amount of child
support you must pay is based on your income and the number of
children you must support
Where there are concerns for the safety of the children
and/or a parent, a court can require that visits with children
be supervised. The parents can also agree upon supervised
visits without a court order
When concerns are raised about a family's ability to care
for a child, a child protection agency may take steps to
investigate the care the child is receiving and potentially to
remove a child from his or her home