Uncontested Divorce Application

When you’re facing divorce, it’s an emotional time in your life. But as we discussed in our earlier post, “How to Have an Amicable Divorce”, not all divorces have to be a battle. You might be fortunate enough to have a good enough relationship with your partner where you are both willing to agree on the terms of their divorce. Where this happens, your divorce may proceed as an uncontested divorce.

How is an uncontested divorce defined?

An uncontested divorce, or amicable divorce, is where neither party objects to the divorce. The parties will have come to an agreement in relation to any custody issues, access and support.
The parties make the decisions about custody, access and support themselves, rather than asking the court to decide for them. It means there’s no need to appear before a judge.
One party will still need to be the applying party for the divorce, meaning an uncontested divorce is different to a joint divorce. In a joint divorce, the parties apply together for their divorce to be granted. Make sure you discuss your specific situation with a lawyer to get the correct legal advice.

Who can obtain an uncontested divorce?

The parties must show that their relationship has broken down. A common way of proving this is that parties have been separated for at least one year. If this is not the grounds for divorce, alternative grounds for divorce include adultery or mental or physical cruelty. In addition, one of the parties to the divorce must be living in Alberta for at least a year.
If there are children of the marriage, the parties must come to an agreement about the care and support of the children.

How long does an uncontested divorce take?

The uncontested divorce process takes around 3 months, in our experience. This means that from the date the paperwork is lodged, the court will take about 3 months to return the filed divorce judgment.