How do I find out whether my spouse has filed for a divorce or get information and papers about my own divorce?
To get information about a divorce application involving you, or copies of your divorce papers, you would need to contact the court where the divorce application was filed. If you do not know where the divorce application was filed, the Registry may be able to tell you as courts across Canada are required to notify the Registry about all divorce applications that have been filed with them.
You may contact the Registry by calling 613-957-4519 or by filling out and sending a Search Request Form (HTML)(PDF) to:
Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings
Family Law Assistance Services
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8
To help the Registry find the right file, you must provide the full name and date of birth for both you and your spouse and the date you married. If your request is in writing, please make sure that the information you provide in the Search Request Form (HTML)(PDF) is accurate.
Please note that the Registry does not have copies of divorce papers. To obtain a copy, you must contact the court directly.
Note that the Registry cannot release the information unless the consent portion of the form is signed, except in specific situations identified on the form.