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Divorce Certificate: What do you mean?

In Ontario, a divorce certificate is one of those terms that often get confused or misused.  Typically when people are researching or searching for a certificate of divorce they may be meaning one of three things:

  1.  A copy of a divorce certificate for a divorce that has already happened. A Certificate of Divorce is required to file for another divorce or for other matters where you must confirm and verify your previous divorce, for changing your name, property transfer, or a marriage abroad.  You may also be ordering a Certificate of Divorce to confirm that your divorce has actually been finalized.
  2. An Application for Divorce Decree or an application for an uncontested divorce. This is the document that you apply for in order to finalize your current marriage. If you are applying for an uncontested divorce, you will need a copy of your marriage certificate when you file for divorce.  If you don’t have one, you can order a replacement (if you were married in Ontario).  If you were married outside of Canada, you must use your best efforts to obtain a replacement certificate – however if this proves to be impossible, the court will still grant your divorce. If your marriage certificate is in a language other than English or French, you must have it translated by a certified translator.
  3. A Separation Agreement, which is the legal document that you and your spouse have created that deals with all of the issues pertaining to end of the end of your marriage. You create your Separation Agreement BEFORE you apply for your Divorce Decree.

How to request a Certificate of Divorce in Ontario, Canada?
In order to request a copy of your Certificate of Divorce for a previous marriage you can visit the the Ministry of the Attorney General website

How much does it cost? 
The fee is $19.00 for a Certificate of Divorce in Ontario. 

How to pay the fee? 
You can pay it by cashcertified cheque or money order, made payable to the “Minister of Finance”. 

Who do I request a Certificate of Divorce from? 
You can request your Divorce Certificate from the Superior Court of Justice where your divorce application was filed. The Court Office in which your divorce was filed will be written on your Divorce Order (which you will attach a copy of to your application.)  Follow this link to find out the addresses and working hours of the court offices in Ontario. If your divorce happened prior to 1979 you’ll need to get your record from the Archives of Ontario, as described here.

You can Request the Certificate of Divorce in person or by mail.  

If you are requiring your divorce certificate in a foreign country, you will need to have your document authenticated and legalized, also known as apostilleCanadian documents issued by the Canadian authorities, can be copied and that photocopy of the document will be notarized by a Public Notary and duly authenticated by Ministry of Government Services, Ontario or any concerned Provincial authority designated. Marriage/Divorce Certificates issued in Canada are typically attested by the Ministry of Government Services of Ontario, 222 Jarvis Street, Main Floor, Toronto, Tel: 416-325-8416.



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