Referrals - Family Law

Click here for resources if you are experiencing Domestic Violence.

Our clinic does not practice family law.  However, with the help of local service providers and Legal Aid Ontario staff, we have put together a comprehensive guide to family law services offered in Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties.   

Paths to Justice:  Family Law Resource Guides for Persons Needing Family Law Services



Legal Aid Ontario


Legal Aid offers certificates (to applicants who qualify financially) that you can take to a lawyer to obtain representation on certain types of family law matters.  Legal Aid will provide you with a list of lawyers in your area who accept these certificates.


Services provided by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) include:

  • Advice Lawyers - for family and criminal advice (20 minutes of free advice to qualified callers) or in-person family law advice at Family Law Information Centres (see below)

  • Certificates - if you qualify. Lawyers accepting these certificates will represent you in family, criminal or immigration law matters

  • Duty Counsel - services are offered in most courts, see LAO's Duty Counsel page for more info or their Duty Counsel Contact page for an office in your area (Belleville Family Duty Counsel (613-962-4422; Napanee Family Duty Counsel:  613-354-5774)

Visit their Family Law page for more details.  

Apply for Legal Aid or Get Legal Advice

To find out more about Legal Aid Services, to apply for a Legal Aid certificate, or to receive 20 minutes of free legal advice over the phone, call Legal Aid toll-free at:

  • 1-800-668-8258   or  TTY (telephone device for the deaf): 1-866-641-8867

Press "0" and ask to speak to a Client Service Representative.  View their poster (English, Français) for eligibility requirements.


Children's Aid Matters


See the Legal Aid Fact Sheet on Children's Aid, "Has Children's Aid Contacted You?" for information on what to do if you have been contacted by Children's Aid and to see if your situation qualifies for Legal Aid.


Family Law Information Program


Legal Aid offers an online information resource called Family Law Information Program. This site, using both audio and text, offers legal and practical information on issues such as child custody, support payments and property settlements.


Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)


Legal Aid provides an advice lawyer at your local Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) to answer questions specifically about family law and review your legal documents. 


Belleville FLIC:  Quinte Consolidated Courthouse, 15 Bridge Street West.  Every Tuesday from 12:30 - 4:30 pm, and every Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. (Enter courthouse and turn left, then left again, go to the far end of the hall.  There is a sign up sheet on the table.)


Napanee FLIC:  Court House, 41 Dundas Street West.  Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


For more information about FLIC, visit the Ministry of the Attorney General's site.


LawFacts Website - a legal information resource from Legal Aid Ontario.  Written by Legal Aid lawyers from across Ontario, LawFacts provides legal information about criminal, family and refugee law, as well as court-related mental health issues.


Queen's Family Law Clinic (QFLC)


QFLC is a Legal Aid-funded clinic with the Queen's University Faculty fo Law.  They help low-income clients in the Napanee/Kingston area.  They may also offer assistance with "The $10 Divorce," for those who qualify for a fee waiver and need a simple, uncontested divorce with no issues in dispute.  



Other Sources of Information


Below are other places you can go to obtain more information on family law.


Family Law Tip Sheets


Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and Your Legal Rights


CLEO: - visit their family law section for information on all areas of family law.


Webinar on Child Custody and Protection - presented by Zahra Dhanani, the Legal Director of Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)


Webinar "Understanding the Children's Aid Society Process from the Inside" - recorded January 23, 2013, presented by METRAC.



Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)


Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) - a coalition of organisations working together to increase women's knowledge of their rights under Canadian and Ontario family law.  Their website has legal information on a variety of family law topics in 14 languages, including ASL and Braille.


For more information please contact:


    Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)
    c/o METRAC
    158 Spadina Road, Toronto,  ON  M5R 2T8

    Tel: 416-392-9138  •   Fax: 416-392-3136  •  Email



Ministry of Attorney General


Family Justice Page - provides links to information about:

as well as online publications such as "What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario", "A Guide to Procedures in Family Court" and "A Guide to Family Procedures in the Ontario Court of Justice."



Ministry of Children and Youth Services




Justice Canada Child Support Online Lookup - Federal government online child support calculator


Law Society of Upper Canada's "Your Law" series - Family law in Ontario


My Support Calculator - free online basic child/spousal support calculator based on employment income. Note: this is not suitable for complex calculations and should be used in conjunction with legal advice.  Site also provides a searchable list of family law professionals in your area and provides some family law information.


Family Matters TV with Justice Harvey Brownstone - online TV program with a focus on a multiplicity of issues affecting contemporary North American life, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between relationships and the justice system. - Family Law FAQs


Ontario Court of Justice

Resources for Family Court Advocates - online resource for those supporting survivors of family violence through the family court process in Ontario


Superior Court of Justice - information on Family Proceedings, difference between Ontario and Superior Court


Other help, in the following areas:

Where Else to Go For Help chart (PDF) - referrals for a wide variety of matters

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