OK.. if you had said that in this thread anywhere, I must have missed that. Take that birth-certificate with you to a divorce lawyer. And any other documents on the Hindu marriage -- invitation, photo album, letters, anything at all. Tell her your story, and she will advice you on your standing for filing a divorce in a Canadian court. Do it pronto. And if there had been any payments from your provincial government (single parent support payments), bring the details of those to the lawyer as well. AFAIK, these would all be just fine, as you had always been a de facto single mom, and in doubt about the legitimacy of your religious marriage. Ask the lawyer whatever questions you have on this matter as well.