Divorce in Ontario Cost

Uncontested Simple Divorce or Joint Divorce

Divorce in Ontario Costs $632 for Court Fees & $499 to $750 for Legal Fees.

Basic Package

$499.00

Flat Legal Fees

Divorce Application Court Cost $632  & $250 Cost for Process Server and File Mangement are not included.

  Divorce Consultation INCLUDED
No Hidden Charges  
Court Filing Note INCLUDED
Personal Service of Documents & Courier
NOT INCLUDED
Filing Affidavit of Service in court NOT INCLUDED
Regular File follow Up every alternate week in court NOT INCLUDED
Final Divorce Order NOT INCLUDED

Complete Package

$750.00

Flat Legal Fees

Divorce in Application Court Fees $632 is not included.

  Divorce Consultation INCLUDED
  Drafting all Divorce Paperwork INCLUDED
  Court Filing INCLUDED
 Personal Service of Documents & Courier INCLUDED
 Filing Affidavit of Service in court INCLUDED
 Regular File follow Up every alternate week in court INCLUDED
 Final Divorce Order INCLUDED
 Payment Plan INCLUDED

Payment Plan

$250.00

Flat Legal Fees

Divorce in Application Court Fees $632 is not included.

 First Instalment – Start Divorce Papper work
Second Instalment – Submission of Documents in Court  
Third Instalment – Within 60 days
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Divorce in Ontario Cost
Divorce in Ontario Cost $632 Court Fees & $499 Legal Fees

Divorce Cost in Ontario

One of the Common Questions we get is “how much does a divorce cost in Ontario?” Many understand that Divorce has a vast emotional cost no matter how amicable. Many couples find it very stressful to divide assets and reach closure on a relationship. While the emotional consequences are widely understood and anticipated, the financial costs are perhaps less widely known.

The important thing for any couple is to enter into divorce proceedings with full knowledge of the potential financial cost so that they don’t receive any nasty surprises.

In general, the Cost of a Divorce in Ontario in Ontario will depend on whether a couple enters into it amicably with a Separation Agreement already on the table, or whether aspects of the divorce are contested.

We will explore these options and consider the financial costs of each.

Uncontested Divorces in Ontario Costs

An uncontested divorce is significantly Simpler, Quicker and Cheaper than the alternative contested Divorce. Within 4 to 6 months the divorce process is complete.

At Shaikh Law, we charge Flat Legal Fees of $750 + HST for an Uncontested Divorce in Ontario. You will also need to pay Divorce Application Court Fees of $632. This is payable in increments. The first installment of $212 is paid when you file for divorce and the second installment of $420 is due prior to the court review and Divorce Hearing. IMPORTANT: The Court Fees for filing Divorce Application in Ontario went up in April 2019. Before April 2019 the Court Fees for Divorce was $447.

Usually, couples will have agreed on the terms of the divorce in advance by way of a Separation Agreement, with supporting financial disclosure and Independent Legal Advice.

They will merely complete the required Divorce Application Form 8A and other Court Forms such as Affidavit of Divorce Form 36 & Divorce Order Form 25Ato make it binding.

Upon Divorce Hearing The Judge Passes a Divorce Order which becomes final and binding after 30 days upon issuance of a Divorce certificate.  If Couples retain a Divorce Lawyer in Toronto then there is no need for the couple to attend a court hearing.

At Shaikh Law, we only need our client to visit our office once to sign original documents. We take care of the entire process.

For an amicable divorce to be completed at a low financial cost, you would ideally agree on the division of property, child custody, alimony, and spousal support in advance by way of a Separation Agreement.

The most frustrating scenario for couples is when one half of the partnership wishes to make a Separation  Agreement and achieve a low-cost divorce while the other spouse wishes to take the case to court to let a judge make a ruling on the separation, which inevitably leads to a Contested Divorce.

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce in Ontario, your legal bill becomes more costly, and yet it is often unavoidable if your partner is not willing to resolve the matter by way of a Separation Agreement.

In more acrimonious divorces, couples are often unable to agree about the amount of child support, how to divide custody of the children, how to share out the assets and who will pay the debts.

Average contested Divorce in Ontario Costs a party between $5,310 to $8,100 + Tax in Ontario. Of course, the more complicated the case, the longer the proceedings will take. This can lead to the bill rising even more steeply.

You may find that your bill can quickly rise to $20,000 and while rare, can reach as high as $250,000 during lengthy court cases.

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How Long it takes to Get a Divorce

Keeping down the Divorce Costs

As a divorced couple Life can become more expensive. Therefore, you probably wish to keep down your Divorce in Ontario Costs as much as possible. There are some ways of doing this with a little careful planning.

  • If you are still communicating well as a couple, then it is advisable to agree as much as possible in advance of your application for divorce. Even if you can’t reach an agreement, identifying the items that you disagree on in advance can also be helpful as you can seek a mediation service to carry out the negotiation in an attempt to avoid litigation.
  • You can access free mediation through legal aid Ontario if you are eligible financially and there are other free or low-cost mediation services in Ontario if not.
  • A family mediator will help you as a couple to resolve any issues regarding access to children, spousal support and asset division. Although you will still need to seek independent legal advice following mediation, the terms of the divorce should be agreed in advance via the mediation, making the legal process quicker and cheaper.
  • Pick your battles. Decide whether your bone of contention is worth fighting for. Do you really need the newer of the two cars? While you may decide that material possessions are not worth incurring a substantial legal bill for, the custody of your children probably is.
  • Despite the legal fees, getting a divorce lawyer in Ontario can actually save you money. Attempting to navigate the family law courts yourself can be costly in both time and money. Choose wisely and save yourself money.
  • Get organized and be prepared to provide a well-compiled file of documents to your lawyer. Your bill can spiral if your Ontario divorce lawyer is missing information and needs to keep asking for new documents.
  • Keep court time to a minimum. Choose an experienced divorce lawyer in Ontario who knows how to expedite the process.
  • If you qualify for legal aid, then you may be able to access a free, or cheaper, lawyer. The province’s legal aid department will be able to advise you whether or not you qualify for this service.
  • Take advice on tax optimization to ensure that your personal funds are not included in the division of assets list.

It takes a little forward planning, but a prenuptial agreement or marriage contract drawn up by an Ontario Family Lawyer can make life a lot easier, and cheaper, if your marriage does end in divorce.

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Divorce Process in Ontario in Simple Steps

Step 1
Contact Us

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Step 2
Start Online Divorce Application

5 Simple Steps Online Divorce Application

Step 3
Start Online Divorce Application

You only have to come once to sign the documents. We will take care of everything

Step 3
Start Online Divorce Application

You only have to come once to sign the documents. We will take care of everything

Step 4
We Submit Documents in Court

We will file Documents & Pay Divorce in Ontario Cost

Step 5
Service of Divorce Papers on other Party

We will serve Court Papers to the other party. You do not have to do anything.

Step 6
Wait 2 months for Divorce Registry

You only have to come once to sign the documents. We will take care of everything

Step 7
Start Online Divorce Application

We will appear in court on your behalf. You do not have to do anything!

Step 8
Get Divorce Order

You will get a Divorce Order in Regular Mail.

Step 9
Get Divorce Certificate after 30 days

You are Free and Our Client is Happy!

Office Locations

We serve clients across the Greater Toronto Area. We have meeting locations, for appointments, documents sign up and keys drop-off. We also offer Home Signing for our Real Estate Clients.

Toronto Downtown

Shaikh Law Firm – Toronto Downtown Branch, Brookfield Place, 161 Bay Street, 27th floor, , Toronto M5J 2T2Phone: 9057957757

Mississauga Square One

Shaikh Law Firm – Square One, Mississauga Branch, 90 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 1400, 14th Floor, , Mississauga L5B 3C3Phone: 9057957757

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Shaikh Law Firm – Streetsville, Mississauga Branch, 2233 Argentia Road, Suites 302, 3rd Floor, , Mississauga L5N 6A6Phone: 9057957757

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Shaikh Law Firm – Brampton Branch, 2 County Court Blvd, Suite 400, 4th Floor, , Brampton L6W 3W8Phone: 9057957757

Oakville

Shaikh Law Firm – Oakville Branch, 2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200, 2nd Floor, , Oakville L6H 6P5Phone: 9057957757

Shaikh Law Firm – Hamilton Branch

21 King Street West
5th Floor,
Hamilton L8P 4W7
Phone: 9057957757

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