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Wherever you live in Canada, divorce laws can seem extremely complicated, but OttawaDivorce.com can help you understand your legal status.
Simply put, Canada divorce law recognises three grounds for a divorce: adultery, cruelty and being separated for one year.
Most divorces proceed on the basis of the parties being separated for one year, even if there has been adultery or cruelty, because proving adultery or cruelty is expensive and time consuming.
The one-year period starts from the time at least one spouse intends to live separate and apart from the other and acts on it. You do not need a piece of paper or a court order to be separated. You can even deal with all rights and obligations that arise due to the breakdown of your marriage without obtaining a divorce.