Guide: Applying for a Divorce

Andréa Nicolas-Cloutier

Getting a divorce decision from a court is a complex procedure. From the preparation of the application to going to court, there are many steps. We've created a complete guide to the process, along with model documents you can use.


Before Getting Started

Each situation is different. Before going any further, we suggest you consult What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Divorce. It can help you decide if you need a lawyer or a temporary decision before the divorce, and if you can avoid going to court. You can also consult our list of useful resources


The steps and rules for a divorce decision are usually the same in all court regions of Quebec. But some rules explained here could be different in your region. You can contact your courthouse to ask questions.


Who Is This Guide For?

This guide is for you if all these things apply in your situation:

  • You want to get a divorce decision in Quebec.
  • You are married.
  • You need to go to court to get divorced.
  • You want to get divorced without a lawyer.

The rules are different if you are a common-law couple or if you and your spouse collaborate to get a divorce by agreement.


Complete Guide or Info-Sheets

Our guide comes in a single document, or separate info-sheets.


This guide is up-to-date to March 1, 2017.

The guide is meant as legal information, not legal advice. If you need advice on a specific situation, consult a lawyer or notary. This guide only applies in Quebec.


Overview of the Process


First Steps



Temporary Decisions




Before the Trial



The Trial and the Decision


Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.