Foreign Divorce Opinion Letter

Foreign Divorce Opinion Letter

If you want to marry in Ontario and were previously divorced outside Canada, you must contact a lawyer for a foreign divorce opinion letter. You must submit a foreign divorce opinion letter along with your application for marriage. It is very important to contact a lawyer before getting remarried in Ontario if you were previously divorced.  Failing to submit a foreign divorce opinion letter to the government prior to getting married could jeopardize your application for marriage, leading to a denial of your marriage certificate.

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What is a foreign divorce opinion letter? A foreign divorce opinion letter is a letter that a lawyer will draft and sign stating the lawyer’s opinion that the foreign divorce would be recognized in Canada. The lawyer will take into account the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted, where the parties to the divorce resided, the applicable law, and any other factors required to assess the recognition of the foreign divorce in Canada. After assessing all of the relevant factors and applicable law, the lawyer will provide an opinion on the recognition of the foreign divorce in Ontario.  . The lawyer will also provide clear reasons as to why he or she believes the foreign divorce would be recognized as valid in Ontario. The foreign divorce opinion letter will make reference to the applicable law in Ontario and the relevant facts that support the opinion of the lawyer. Who can draft and sign off on a foreign divorce opinion letter? Please note that in Ontario only a lawyer who is licenced and authorized to practice law by the Law Society of Upper Canada can draft and sign an opinion letter of a foreign divorce. If you attempt to draft a foreign divorce opinion letter by yourself, or through an unlicensed practitioner, it will be rejected by the government. What do I need to bring to my appointment to get the foreign divorce opinion letter? In order for our lawyer to provide you with a foreign divorce opinion letter the following documents will be required for your appointment:

  1. The original or court certified copy of the divorce decree.
  2. An Application for Marriage (completed by both parties intending to marry)
  3. A Statement of Sole Responsibility (signed by both of the parties intending to marry)
  4. A written statement from the divorced individual confirming that either they or their former spouse were living in the jurisdiction that granted the divorce for at least 1 year immediately before the application for divorce was submitted.
  5. Full payment of $199 plus HST for the foreign divorce opinion letter.

MAIL SERVICE: If you cannot come in for an appointment we do provide a mail in service.  This service includes our firm reviewing and submitting the entire Foreign Divorce Opinion Letter package to the Marriage Office, in addition to the completion of the letter.  There is an additional $125 plus HST fee for the mail service option, in addition to the foreign divorce opinion letter fee.

What is the process of getting remarried after obtaining the foreign divorce opinion letter? The process after obtaining the foreign divorce opinion letter is not difficult. You will be required to submit the foreign divorce opinion letter along with additional material to the following address: Office of the Registrar General P.O. Box 4600, 189 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6L8, Attention: Marriage Office The following is a list of documents you will have to send to the above noted government office:

  1. The Application for Marriage signed by both parties
  2. The original or court certified copy of the divorce decree. If the divorce is not in English or French, you will also be required to submit a certified translation of the divorce decree.
  3. The foreign divorce opinion letter from an Ontario lawyer stating that the foreign divorce would be valid in Ontario.

For more information on obtaining a foreign divorce opinion letter, please contact our Toronto divorce lawyer.

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