Divorce in Ontario is the easiest part, from a legal perspective, to the end of a marriage. The issues of property, support or children are corollary to divorce and are ordinarily resolved in advance of the granting of divorce.
There is only one ground for divorce. This is marriage breakdown. Marriage breakdown can be shown by living separate from your spouse for one year. You can begin the process of divorce before this one year has elapsed but the divorce will only be finalized by the court after the year of separation.
There are two cases in which you do not need to wait the year before being granted a divorce. (1) If your spouse has had sexual intercourse with someone else during your marriage and you did not forgive this adultery or live together more than 90 days after finding out; (2) your spouse was physically or mentally cruel to you.
Although it is not recommended, some people choose to get a divorce without the help of a lawyer. If there are any property issues or disputes as to spousal support or child support, do not complete a divorce without consulting a Toronto divorce lawyer. You are able to finalize a divorce without representation but if you have any questions please consult a lawyer.