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Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyer You Can Trust Serving Niagara and St. Catharines

Divorce is painful and complicated enough without having to worry if your legal Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. Will you lose your home? How do you divide the finances? What financial resources are you entitled to? Here at J. Leigh Daboll Law Office, I’m accustomed to being the divorce lawyer St. Catharines can count on to guide individual clients and families all the way through the dissolution of a marriage, leaving no unpleasant surprises down the road. It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. If you do not want to take your case to court, I also offer mediation services so you can resolve your divorce with lesser animosity and more cooperation. It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. My team and I provide expert legal counsel at reasonable rates.


My nearly 30 years of combined experience in family, criminal, and employment law makes me competent enough to handle a wide variety of cases. My team comprises professionals who offer you legal advice, represent you in court and take care of proper documentation. As your trusted divorce lawyer in Nagara and St. Catharines, I will ensure your rights are protected, allowing you to maintain confidentiality while avoiding conflicts of interest. My team and I have successfully helped several clients navigate through complex legal matters in the past.


Getting Divorced

In simple terms, a divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage. A divorce is not necessary, with separation from your spouse being a reasonable alternative. However, a divorce is essential if either party in a marriage wants to remarry. The first step towards a divorce in Ontario is the filing of an application with either the Superior Court of Justice or the Unified Family Court. Once you decide to divorce your spouse, my competent team will help you file all such applications.


All divorces are unique with the involvement of factors like child support and parenting time, the division of property, and prenuptial agreements made years ago. I've handled all kinds of divorces over the years, which allows me to handle your case with discretion and sensitivity. Whether you want to file for a divorce or are being divorced by your spouse, my team will make sure your rights are upheld.

Legal Grounds for Divorce

In Canada, you're legally allowed to get a divorce if you want one. However, before you're allowed a divorce, you need to fulfil at least one of the requirements that indicate the breakdown of your marriage. In all cases, you need to provide the court with proof that your situation meets the criteria.

One-year Separation

Getting a divorce is a straightforward process if you have lived apart from your spouse for more than a year, with no possibility of returning to cohabitation. The courts allow you to get a divorce on these grounds even when you and your spouse lived together. In these circumstances, some factors that are considered include:

You've lived with your spouse only out of economic necessity
The communication patterns between you and your spouse
The meal timings
The defiance of matrimonial obligations


Another grounds for a divorce is when there is proof of adultery against either party. In legal terms, adultery is the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with someone other than your spouse on your own accord. Divorces often become complicated when adultery is involved because of the resulting acrimony. It's important to mention that a divorce cannot be filed on the grounds of one's adultery. The act of adultery is hard to prove in court, which is why some other factors like a tendency to commit adultery are considered.


A person is eligible for an immediate divorce if they can prove that their spouse has been mentally or physically cruel to them. Naturally, the 'cruelty' cannot be minor but has to be serious enough to make prolonged cohabitation impossible. This is a complex matter which varies from marriage to marriage. The courts take many factors into account when cruelty against a spouse is considered, including the deterioration of the physical or mental state of the victim.


Getting a divorce on any of these grounds is an intricate process. My team and I will assist you every step of the way and make sure that you don't feel unjustly treated by the end of the proceedings.

Your Divorce Questions Answered

When working with an experienced divorce lawyer, your divorce questions will be answered. Is your spouse resisting the divorce? Do you not want to go to court? Are you unsure what will happen to your children because of the divorce?


As a divorce lawyer in Niagara and St. Catharines, I also provide legal guidance for other aspects of family law that coincide with divorce law, such as separation agreements, parenting time access and visitation rights. I’ll be able to go over every aspect of your personal situation to provide the guidance and answers you need.

Get the Help of a Divorce Lawyer in Niagara and St. Catharines

I’m here to help you navigate the complexities and confusion of divorce without emptying your pockets. My goal is to help you design a plan so you can experience increasing confidence and independence in your divorce case. I will also assist you to look more realistically and optimistically at the path you will take through your present personal difficulties. When you need legal advice relating to dissolution of a marriage, contact J. Leigh Daboll Law Office, your divorce lawyer in Niagara and St. Catharines, for assistance.

A Divorce Doesn't Have to Be Complex

Let J. Leigh Daboll help you make your divorce easy and smooth in Niagara and St. Catharines.

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