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Ontario|Wills & Estates
149 How does marriage or divorce affect your Will? Your will can be affected if you get married or divorced.
- MarriageIn Ontario, your will is automatically revoked once you get married. This means that the entire will is cancelled, unless the will was made with the marriage in mind. To show that the will was made with the marriage in mind, it must contain a statement which makes reference to your upcoming marriage and the name of your spouse. If your will did not contain this statement, it is no longer valid after you are married, and you should therefore make a new one.
- DivorceA divorce has a different effect on your will. If you get a divorce, your will is not cancelled. Instead, only the provisions in your will that refer to your spouse are revoked. This means that any gifts you left to your former spouse will go to someone else. Who the gifts will now go to will depend on the structure of your will. Because it can get confusing, you should consider making a new will.