What legislation should I know about
In Canada, the federal Divorce Act legislates divorce and other related legal issues, such as:
- spousal support;
- child support;
- custody; and
- access for divorcing couples.
What about property and division of debt
This falls under the Yukon’s Family Property and Support Act.
Who can apply for divorce
- can apply for a Divorce Order; and
- must have been residing in the Yukon for at least 1 year immediately before the start of the proceeding.
When can I apply for divorce
- As soon as you are separated.
If you are claiming breakdown of marriage on the grounds of separation for at least 1 year:
- your Divorce Order will be granted after the 1 year of separation is over.
What if I need an order for custody and/or child support
You can apply and receive these before the 1 year of separation is over.
When should you apply for a Divorce Order
- If there is no hope for reconciliation.
- As soon as custody, child support or other orders are required.
- Before the other party moves away from the Yukon.
Books, newsletters, reports about family law
Yukon Supreme Court rules and forms
Get your questions answered about the law
- Yukon Public Legal Education Association
- Law Line, phone 867 668-5297 or toll free at 1-866-667-4305.
Lawyer referral service
Family law in Canada
The steps you need to take to file for divorce
These are the steps:
- Research the laws and rules that apply to your family law matter.
- Collect your supporting documents.
- Prepare and complete forms.
- Make copies of all your forms and documents.
- Have your financial statement and affidavits notarized.
- File your forms with the Supreme Court Registry.
- Arrange to have your filed forms served on the other party.
- Prepare and file an Affidavit of Service.
- Wait for a response from the other party (if no response is filed, go to step 11).
- Prepare responding affidavits, if needed.
- Request a Divorce Order.
- Request a Certificate of Divorce.
If you have questions about applying for a divorce, contact the Family Law Information Centre. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In person: Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre (ground floor), 2134 Second Avenue
Phone: 867-456-6721, or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 6721.