Divorce and Separation


Understanding the ins and outs of family law in Ontario can be an intimidating prospect for the average person. Never mind trying to tackle all that information during this emotionally trying time as you face separation or divorce. It’s important to understand your rights, laws, and obligations, so that you are better able to understand and anticipate how they may affect you in these difficult times.

Do I have to go to court?

Going to court may or may not be the right option for you and your spouse. There are other options as well that do not include having to go to court. You and your spouse may also resolve your issues through collaborative family law, mediation and arbitration, private settlement, or negotiation.

If court does seem likely in your case, it might be helpful to first gain a very general overview of the family court system in Ontario. Within the province of Ontario family law is conducted within three different courts:

  • Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice
  • Superior Court of Justice
  • Ontario Court of Justice

Where you live in Ontario and what approach you are taking to resolving your divorce and separation issues are the factors that determine which court you will be dealing with. No matter which court you are working with, it is important to fully understand all your options as divorce and separation can be both emotionally and financially costly.


To make things a little more complicated, it depends on where you live in the province as well as the particular issue that needs to be addressed, in order to determine which court will hear your case.

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