Clearance certificates

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A clearance certificate is a document the court applies for when you file your divorce paperwork. When the court receives this certificate, it means that there are no other open divorce cases between you and your spouse anywhere in Canada. It may take several weeks for the court to receive this certificate. The court can’t begin processing your divorce until they receive this certificate.

You can’t move ahead with your divorce in Nova Scotia if you have an outstanding divorce filed somewhere else. In these situations, you would either have to continue with the other divorce that was filed, or discontinue it before moving on with the divorce filed in Nova Scotia.