WHAT CAN I DO IF MY SPOUSE REFUSE TO DIVORCE?
I want a divorce but my spouse does not. What can I do?
Even if your spouse is not agreeable, you may still proceed to file for divorce. This is called a Contested Divorce, since your spouse has not consented to the divorce.
If your spouse ignores the divorce papers and refuses to show up in Court, the Court may still grant you a divorce and make orders relating to ancillary matters (children issues, division of matrimonial assets, and maintenance).
Alternatively, your spouse may file a defence to contest the divorce. If your spouse contests the divorce, the matter will proceed to trial. The Court will then hear both sides of the story before deciding whether or not to dissolve the marriage. The downside to a contested divorce is that it is often more costly and time-consuming compared to an uncontested divorce.
If you need help in working things out with your spouse, you can make a request for a Resolution Conference at the Status Conference or Case Conference stage of your divorce proceedings. A Judge at the Family Resolutions Chambers would facilitate discussions to hopefully enable you and your spouse reach an amicable arrangement on the divorce and ancillary matters.
Nevertheless, if your spouse is still not agreeable to a divorce, the Court can still decide on the matter.
ABOUT PKWA FAMILY LAW
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