How to get a quick and cheap divorce in Ontario
How can I get a quick and cheap divorce? This is a common question that I am asked as a divorce lawyer. In this brief article I will explain how I usually answer this question.
What is a divorce
The very first thing I try to explain when someone asks me how they can get a quick and cheap divorce is by explaining what a divorce is. A divorce in itself is simply a status change. When you are applying for a divorce you are asking a judge to make an Order to change your status from married to divorce.
This sounds simple right? Well, it depends. Like all legal issues the devil is in the details. There can be significant implications of a divorce.
What are the implications of a divorce?
In Ontario if a divorce is granted there can be significant implications relating to an equalization. If you obtain a divorce and do not make a claim for equalization within two (2) years of the divorce being granted you will very likely be statute barred from making such a claim.
In addition to the issue of limitation periods, there may also be implications relating to tax, support and other legal issues. I will not go into detail on these issues right now, but it is important to consult with a divorce lawyer to fully understand the issues that may arise when a divorce is sought.
Now, let’s turn to look at situations where it is possible to get a quick and cheap divorce.
Situations where you can get a quick and cheap divorce
If there are no equalization issues, support issues or children issues to be resolved, then you can a quick and cheap divorce. The process for obtaining such a divorce is done by filing a simple divorce application. In this type of application no other claim but a claim for divorce is asked for.
How much does it cost and how long does it take?
Typically, our legal fee for such a divorce is $750 to $850 plus HST. In addition there is a government fee of $632. Our office does offer payment plans and the total amount is usually paid off over the course of three months.
To start the process a Form 8A application form is filed in the court. Once issued, we are ready to serve your spouse with the application. Once served and assuming your spouse does not contest the divorce, we are ready to set down your divorce by filing your Affidavit for Divorce with the court. The entire process of obtaining a divorce will typically take approximately three to four months. This is a much faster process than other cases where parties are also seeking other claims.
For more information about obtaining a divorce or family law matters, please contact our Toronto divorce lawyer here.
NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER: The material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult with a family lawyer
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