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Filing for divorce when living outside Canada 

jtaca
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Posted On: 3/4/2016
jtaca
jtaca
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Hi,
I married in Canada in 1989 and lived there for 20 years. I am a Canadian Citizen, however I now live in my native country. My question is, can I file for divorce now that I live in my native country? and if so, how.
I have read all the threads and some links are no longer functional.
Thank you for your help.

jtm
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Posted On: 3/8/2016
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Hello Jtm,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

In terms of filing for divorce in your native country, you will have to check with the requirements of that country.

If your question is related to a foreign divorce's validity in Canada, you would need to prove that your divorce was legal in that country before you could get re-married in Canada.

You can find some detailed information in our Settlement.Org Will my foreign divorce be recognized in Canada? article.

Here is an excerpt,



According to Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) [PDF], your foreign divorce will generally be recognized by the Canadian government, if you or your spouse lived in the country where you got a divorce for at least 1 year before the start of the divorce proceedings.

If neither of you lived in the country for a year, your divorce may still be legal if the person who applied for the divorce can prove they have a “real and substantial connection” with the country. For example, if it is your country of origin and you returned there after the divorce, or you own property or spend a lot of time there.

If you got a divorce outside of Canada, you must get authorization from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services before you can get a marriage licence in Ontario.


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Hector Alvarado
Hector Alvarado
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Posted On: 7/4/2018
Hector Alvarado
Hector Alvarado
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Hello everyone!

I got married in Canada on June 10th of 2006 with a canadian girl, I am mexican and also, we have a daughter. Since we´ve got married we never lived together. I was living in Hamilton and she was living in Niagara Falls. We got married because we thought it was good for our daughter to have the chance to share life with both of us because that was the only way for my to have the chance to travel to Canada once in while.

After 11 years, I have lived in Mexico happily and I have been in touch with my daughter and also I have sent money every month. I want to get divorce and I think should be easy considering we have always be separated also, we got married long time ago and I have always been living in Mexico.
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