Ontario Divorce Records (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2  by by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Ontario Divorce Records

Divorce prior to 1867, in what is now known as Ontario, was granted by the legislative body in power at the time of the request. It was granted by an Act, the records of which can be found by searching the Acts passed each year up to 1867. There is a publication called Journals of the Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (26 vols.) (remember this was before Confederation).

After 1867 and until 1930 divorces were still granted by the federal government by an Act of Parliament. The proceedings of the granting of these Acts were destroyed; however, you can get a summary of the proceeding from the Clerk of the Senate in Ottawa. The address is shown in the beginning of the Divorce Section of this course.

Since 1930, the Supreme Court of Ontario has had the power to grant a divorce. The Archives of Ontario hold all 1931-1978 divorce files. They have a very good finding aid on site to help you find the appropriate divorce records.

For divorce records from 1979 to the present you must go to the County or District Court of Justice (General Division) that granted the divorce. The records are only available through those courthouses.

The Archives of Ontario Research Guide#210 Finding Divorce Files in Ontario lists the location of the indexes for divorce files in each court jurisdiction. It is well worth consulting even if you do not intend to search for the divorce records at the Archives.

When you have finally accessed whatever source you can that housed your particular set of records you will find that there should be some relevant data for you to examine. You should be able to obtain the names of the parties, their residence, marriage date and place and the date of the judgment absolute or decree.

Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard,
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C5
Telephone: 416-327-1600
Email: reference@ontario.ca

Ontario Court - General Division

Courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for each of Ontario’s Counties and Districts

Country District
Courthouse Address
Superior Court of Justice
426 Queen Street East P.O. Box 550
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 1Z7
Telephone: 705-945-8000, ext. 450
Superior Court of Justice
70 Wellington Street
Brantford, Ontario N3T 2L9
Telephone: 519-752-7828
Bruce Superior Court of Justice
207 Cayley Street, P.O. Box 39
Walkerton, Ontario N0G 2V0
Telephone: 519-881-1052
Superior Court of Justice
161 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2K1
Telephone: 613-239-1560
Superior Court of Justice
149 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0
Superior Court of Justice
10 Louisa Street, 1st Floor
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3P4
Telephone: 519-941-5802
Durham, Regional
Municipality of,
before 15/10/1973
was known as
County of Ontario
Superior Court of Justice
605 Rossland Road East P.O. Box 640
Whitby, Ontario L1N 9G7
Telephone: 905-430-5800
Superior Court of Justice
145 Curtis Street, P.O. Box 310, Station Main
St Thomas, Ontario N5P 3T9
Telephone: 519-633-1720
Superior Court of Justice
245 Windsor Drive
Windsor, Ontario N9A 1J2
Telephone: 519-973-6620
Unified Family Court
469 Montreal Street
Kingston, Ontario K7K 3H9
Telephone: 613-548-6789
Superior Court of Justice
611 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 6Z4
Telephone: 519-370-2430
Superior Court of Justice
55 Munsee Street P.O. Box 70
Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0
Telephone: 905-772-3335
Superior Court of Justice
440 Kent Street West
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 6G8
Telephone: 705-324-1400
Superior Court of Justice
491 Steeles Avenue East
Milton, Ontario L9T 1Y7
Telephone: 905-878-4165
Superior Court of Justice
235 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario K8N 3A9
Telephone: 613-962-9106
Superior Court of Justice
1 Court House Square, P.O. Box 400
Goderich, Ontario N7A 1M2
Telephone: 519-524-2519
Superior Court of Justice
216 Water Street
Kenora, Ontario P9N 1S4
Telephone: 807-468-2842
Kent Superior Court of Justice
425 Grand Ave. West
Chatham, Ontario N7M 6M8
Telephone: 519-355-2200
Lambton Superior Court of Justice
700 Christina Street North, Suite 106
Sarnia, Ontario N7V 3C2
Telephone: 519-337-2950
Lanark Superior Court of Justice
43 Drummond Street East
Perth, Ontario K7H 1G1
Telephone: 613-267-2021
Leeds and Grenville Superior Court of Justice
41 Court House Square
Brockville, Ontario K6V 7N3
Telephone: 613-341-2800
Lennox and Addington Unified Family Court
41 Dundas Street West
Napanee, Ontario K7R 1Z5
Telephone: 613-354-3845
Lincoln and Niagara
Superior Court of Justice
59 Church Street, 1st Floor
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7N8
Telephone: 905-988-6200
Manitoulin Superior Court of Justice
27 Phipps Street
Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0
Telephone: 705-282-2461
Middlesex Unified Family Court
80 Dundas Street East Ground Floor ‘A’
London, Ontario N6A 6A3
Telephone: 519-660-3044
Muskoka Superior Court of Justice
3 Dominion Street North
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 2E6
Telephone: 705-645-8793
Nippissing Superior Court of Justice
Court House, 360 Plouffe Street
North Bay, Ontario P1B 9L5
Telephone: 705-495-8309
Norfolk Superior Court of Justice
530 Queensway West, Level 3
Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4L2
Telephone: 519-426-6550
and Durham
Superior Court of Justice
860 William Street, P.O. Box 360
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3A9
Telephone: 905-372-3751
Oxford Superior Court of Justice
415 Hunter Street, P.O. Box 70
Woodstock, Ontario N4S 7W5
Telephone: 519-539-6187
Parry Sound Superior Court of Justice
89 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1T7
Telephone: 705-746-4251
Peel Superior Court of Justice
7755 Hurontario Street
Brampton, Ontario L6W 4T6
Telephone: 905-456-4744
Peterborough Superior Court of Justice
470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3M3
Telephone: 705-876-3816
Prescott and Russell Superior Court of Justice
Court House, 59 Court Street
L’Original, Ontario K0B 1K0
Telephone: 613-675-4567
Prince Edward Superior Court of Justice
44 Union Street
Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0
Telephone: 613-476-6236
Rainy River Superior Court of Justice
333 Church Street
Fort Francis, Ontario P9A 1C9
Telephone: 807-274-5961
Renfrew Superior Court of Justice
31 Riverside Drive
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 8R6
Telephone: 613-732-8581
Simcoe Unified Family Court
114 Worsley Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1M1
Telephone: 705-739-6111
Stormont, Dundas
and Glengarry
Superior Court of Justice
29 Second Street
West Cornwall, Ontario K6J 1G3
Telephone: 613-933-7500
Sudbury Superior Court of Justice
155 Elm Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3C 1T9
Telephone: 705-564-7600
Thunder Bay Superior Court of Justice
277 Camelot Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4B3
Telephone: 807-343-2700
Timiskaming Superior Court of Justice
393 Main Street, P.O. Box 609
Haileybury, Ontario P0J 1K0
Telephone: 705-672-3321
Victoria Superior Court of Justice
440 Kent Street
West Lindsay, Ontario K9V 6G8
Telephone: 705-324-1400
Waterloo Superior Court of Justice
20 Weber Street
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 1C3
Telephone: 519-741-3200
Welland and Niagara
Superior Court of Justice
102 East Main Street
Welland, Ontario L3D 3W6
Telephone: 905-735-0010
Wellington Superior Court of Justice
74 Woolwich
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3T9
Telephone: 519-824-4100
Wentworth Unified Family Court
45 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2B7
Telephone: 905-645-5252
York Family Law Office
393 University Avenue, 10th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E6
Telephone: 416-327-5542


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