Sample Questions about Legal Marriages|
a. To remarry after a divorce
Divorced in Canada: You will need to bring official proof of the divorce with you when you apply for a marriage licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of one of three documents: the final decree; the final judgment; a certificate of divorce.
Out-of-country divorces: If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you
are no longer married. The government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.
You will need to send the following documents to ServiceOntario: marriage licence application form, completed and signed; statement of
sole responsibility for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness); legal opinion letter:
from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both people who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should
be recognized in Ontario; and a divorce decree or annulment: an original or court-certified copy in English or French. If the decree
is in another language, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
Download Statement of Sole Responsibiity here:
Note: Completed Foreign Divorce Authorizations are sent to applicants by courier. It is important that your full mailing
address including suite/unit/apartment and buzzer number is included on the marriage licence application form, or the courier package
cannot be delivered.
b. Can same-sex couples be married in Ontario?
Yes. The first same-sex marriage in Ontario was in 2001, and same-sex marriages are now permitted by Ontario and Canadian law.
c. Do marriages have to be in particular locations (such as churches)?
No. A marriage ceremony can be legally performed anywhere such as in private homes, public gardens, and restaurants/banquet halls.
d. Can I get married in a public place?
Yes. Contact the venue in advance, however, as many places do ask that you to obtain permission beforehand and some charge a fee. It is the responsibility of the couple, not the officiant, to make these arrangements.
e. Do I need a blood test or medical certificate to get married in Ontario?
No. Neither are required in Ontario.
f. Can only Canadian/Ontario residents be married in Ontario?
People of any nationality and residence can be legally married in Ontario. If you plan to get married in Ontario and then move/return to another country, however, you should check to ensure that the Canadian wedding will be recognized in your country of residence.
g. Can foreigners marry a Canadian within Canada?
There are no bars to a Canadian marrying a foreigner. However, getting married to a Canadian does not make you a citizen of Canada. Visit the Canadian government's Immigration and Citizenship site for info on the naturalization process.
Questions about symbolic marriages?
a. Are symbolic marriages legal?
No, symbolic marriages are not legal, however you may wish to make a non-traditional private or public declaration to each other for personal reasons.
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