The orders

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You usually get two orders when your divorce is final in Nova Scotia:

  • the Corollary Relief Order
  • the Divorce Order.

A Corollary Relief Order (CRO) is issued in almost every divorce in Nova Scotia. The CRO addresses the issues that have been decided, either by agreement between you and your spouse, or by a judge during a trial. These issues include things like parenting arrangements (custody and access), support issues, and division of property, pensions and debts.

Every divorce in Nova Scotia will have a Divorce Order. This is a document that states that you and your spouse were married, and are now divorced. If either party has applied for a legal name change as part of the divorce, this information will also be included in the Divorce Order.

The Divorce Order becomes effective 31 days after being issued. The spouses have this time to appeal.

When your divorce is finalized, you get the same two orders whether your divorce was contested or not. Generally, the only difference is that when your divorce is uncontested, you (and perhaps your spouse) prepare the documents yourselves. If your divorce was contested and was decided in a trial, the court may prepare the orders (if neither party had a lawyer), or one of the lawyers or parties will be directed by the court to prepare the orders.

If there is no appeal filed, your Certificate of Divorce will be mailed out automatically sometime after the 31st day. This Certificate is what you will need in the future if you get remarried. Your Certificate of Divorce shows that you are divorced from your former spouse and are legally able to get married again.