Safety

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Remember – when you file for divorce, your spouse will receive copies of everything you file, and you will receive copies of everything that they file. The court doesn’t screen your documents for information that you might want to keep confidential. If you don’t want your spouse to have some of your contact information – because you have safety concerns, or for any other reason – speak to a court staff member for help.

Please notify court staff and your lawyer, if you have one, if any of these things apply to you:

  • If there are any criminal law orders in place between you and your spouse
  • If there has been an Emergency Protection Order (EPO), no-contact order or peace bond in place between you and your spouse
  • If there has been any violence or threats of violence between you and your spouse

It is important for staff and lawyers to know these things, as this may affect how your divorce is handled and to ensure everyone’s safety. Family court staff do not have access to criminal court records, and must be notified by you if there are other orders in place.

For information about domestic violence, click here.