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Seal S. Nulliah
Barrister, Solicitor & Notary

5 steps to filing a divorce online.

We call an uncontested divorce filed online a Desk Divorce.

Jd Law is an exclusive legal partner with Fresh Start Mediation providing divorce filing services for Alberta clients. At JD Law, an uncontested divorce that is filed online, without the need to appear before a judge or justice, is what we call a Desk Divorce. One of the most amicable and cost-effective ways to prepare for a Desk Divorce is through mediation. Once you have reached agreements through the mediation process, you can complete the filing in an easy, four-step online process – your Desk Divorce, on JD Law’s website, www.deskdivorce.ca.

Filing Online in 5 easy steps

A Desk Divorce can be applied for once a Separation and Property Agreement is in place and any outstanding issues related to parenting, property division, child and/or spousal support, have been resolved. With your mediated agreements in hand from Fresh Start, JD Law can file online without the need for you to appear in court in person.

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filing online in 5 easy steps

A Desk Divorce can be applied for once a Separation and Property Agreement is in place and any outstanding issues related to parenting, property division, child and/or spousal support, have been resolved. With your mediated agreements in hand from Fresh Start, JD Law can file online without the need for you to appear in court in person.

JD Law can help you complete your Desk Divorce in 5 easy steps:

  1. Step 1:
    Complete your mediation, financial, and parenting plans with Fresh Start Mediation. 
  2. Step 2:
    File a Statement of Claim for Divorce and Division of Matrimonial Property Form.
  3. Step 3:
    Have your partner personally served and obtain an Affidavit of Service.
  4. Step 4:
    Wait 20 days for your partner to file a Response (30 days if your partner resides outside Alberta).
  5. Step 5:
    File Documents with the Court and apply for a Divorce Judgment
    • File required documents including the Separation & Property Agreement

Wondering what to do next?

The costs of Separation and Property Agreements and Desk Divorces can vary based on complexity and circumstances. Please contact our partners at JD Law to learn how they can help you complete an online Desk Divorce. 

If you are at the beginning of the process and considering mediation, reach out to us for free consultation with the Fresh Start Team. Connect with us either alone for a 15-minute information call or with you and your partner for a 1-hour, no-charge initial consult.

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