How to find a Divorce – Central Divorce Registry
Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (CRDP)
The Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (CRDP) in Ottawa is run by Department of Justice Canada. The Central Divorce Registry maintains a divorce database of all divorces in Canada. Records maintained by the Central Divorce Registry cover the period from July 1968 to present date.
The registration of divorce proceedings through the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings arose from the need to eliminate duplicate divorce proceedings and to provide a way to find your divorce or find a divorce filed by any other person in any court registry in Canada.
The divorce application form for a divorce is completed by the husband, the wife, or both spouses jointly and filed with a court registry. The registrar of the court sends details of the divorce application to the Central Divorce Registry in Ottawa, which maintains a record of pending divorce proceedings.
How to find a divorce file
If you do not know the exact court location of a divorce filed in Canada and you are trying to find divorce papers, need a divorce certificate or divorce judgment, or to locate any other divorce documents, a full search of the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings in Ottawa must be conducted.
Having an agent conduct a Canada wide search of the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings is the best way to find your divorce or to find a divorce filed by anyone in Canada. The results of the Central Divorce Registry search will provide you the exact location of a divorce file and the divorce file number. Once we have completed our search, we will contact you to provide you with the information.
What information does the Central Divorce Registry search provide?
In order to find where particular divorce papers can be located, we obtain the following information: court location, file number, the date proceedings were started and the date the divorce became effective.
Who can obtain this information?
In order to receive the details of the marriage/divorce, including the Central Divorce Registry Search and obtaining a copy of a Divorce Judgment, one must be A) a party to the divorce, B) a trustee, an executor or executrix of one of the parties and show proof of that, or C) a person authorized by one of the parties involved.
If you have the details of the marriage, either through the search or a copy of the Judgment, any person can order a Divorce Certificate.
Need a Central Divorce Registry Search and a Divorce Certificate or Divorce Judgment?
If you need to find a divorce in order to obtain a divorce certificate or a copy of a divorce judgment, simply select the province where the divorce took place from the drop down menu above. From there you can download the Divorce Certificate or Judgment Request Form. This request form will also allow you to request a divorce search of the Central Divorce Registry at the same time. If you do not know the province where the divorce took place, you will need to first complete the Central Divorce Registry Search Request Form. Once we have completed the divorce search and contacted you with the information, you can then complete the province specific Divorce Certificate or Judgment Request Form.
All prices are in Canadian dollars.
$50.00 (all taxes included) – Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings Search
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To find your divorce or to find a divorce filed by any other person, we must first conduct a full search of the Canadian Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings in Ottawa. The divorce search will be started within 24 hours with the results of the divorce search usually being available and provided to you within 10 business days.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions, including questions about how to find a divorce or about the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings in Ottawa.