Canada has slightly different rules for seeking divorce records than the United States. But, it is possible to search for Canada divorce records through the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings. Canada does limit information only to those people who were petitioners in the divorce because of provincial privacy acts. If you need a copy of a divorce certificate, request an application from the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings, fill out the information and send to:
Department of Justice
Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings
339 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H8
Phone: (613) 957-4519
The report you receive will include the full names of the parties involved in the divorce, addresses, date and area of marriage and the reason for the divorce. If you’re not a petitioner in a Canadian divorce proceeding, you can access information about the divorce by choosing an online search site that will charge a reasonable fee to look up the information for you. This type of search will provide much more information that going through Canadian government agencies, and you’ll receive the report usually in a matter of moments. Thanks to the Internet, these online search sites have developed from a need of people to find out background information about people in their lives or to search for genealogical data and more. The online sites have extremely powerful search engines and far-reaching databases that can search far beyond a government-based site. Information from a reputable, online search site will also be more accurate and recent than other methods and your identification will remain strictly confidential.
There are many reasons why you might want records of a divorce that took place in Canada, including for immigration, adoption, proof that you were divorced and more. Checking out a person who has recently entered yours or a loved one’s life is also a good reason for a divorce check. The Freedom of Information Act also makes it possible for the general public to look for divorce records in Canada, but they also have “privacy” laws which prevent them from releasing all of the information involved in divorce petitions. That’s why the online search services are so valuable to people who need all the information rather than a selective portion. These online sites have sprung up by the dozens since records have become available through the Internet – and they offer much more in their services than the state-based sites. To find out more about how you can search through Canada divorce records, click on the link.