Step 1: Prepare and file the Petition for Divorce and other required documents

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The documents you generally need to start the divorce process using a Petition for Divorce are:

  • the Petition for Divorce
  • the Statement of Contact Information and Circumstances
  • your Personal Representation Form (if you are filing on your own, without a lawyer)
  • the long-form marriage certificate
    • the long-form marriage certificate doesn’t have to be filed right away, but it should be filed as soon as possible. The divorce cannot be processed without this document.

​You have to file these documents with the court and have them formally issued by the court before arranging to have them served on the respondent. 


Filing a Petition for Divorce in Halifax, Sydney, or Port Hawkesbury? Click here for your Step 1 forms.


Filing a Petition for Divorce in Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby/Annapolis, Kentville, Pictou, Truro or Yarmouth? Click here for your Step 1 forms.