Family law problems – More legal information

Paths to Justice: Family Law Resource Guide

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for family law. Consult this guide for where to find legal advice, legal information, help with forms, help from a mediator, child and spousal support calculators, and more.

Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Family Law Resource Guide

We also have created a tip sheet for obtaining restraining orders or peace bonds.

Other websites

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) – including Steps to Justice

Children’s Aid matters

Legal Aid’s fact sheet on Children’s Aid, “Has children’s aid contacted you?” offers information on what to do if you have been contacted by Children’s Aid and whether you qualify for help from a lawyer paid by Legal Aid.

CLEO has a fact sheet for parents as well, in multiple languages.

Family Responsibility Office

The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) has information about FRO, as well as forms and links. The FRO is the government agency that enforces child and spousal support payments.

Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)

Family Law Education for Women provides plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law, available in 14 languages (including American Sign Language).

Luke’s Place – Family court and beyond

Family Court and Beyond is a site offering family law and family court information as well as safety planning tools for women. Resources include their family court survival workbook.  It is run by Luke’s Place which helps women proceed through the family law process after leaving an abusive relationship.


The Transformed Project: Addressing partner violence from Two-Spirit, Nonbinary and Trans Perspectives. This is a bilingual, community-based research and action initiative led by METRAC: Action on Violence in partnership with the Centre Francophone.

Ministry of Attorney General (MAG)

MAG’s family justice page provides links to information about:

Adoption, and children with special needs

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services offers information and resources on indigenous children and youth, adoption, children with special needs, and Children’s Aid.

Are you representing yourself without the help of a lawyer?

The National self-represented litigants project (NSRLP) publishes resources for people representing themselves in court, as well as research reports.

See their resource page, which includes publications such as:

Government of Canada – HELP Toolkit for Family Law Legal Advisors

HELP Toolkit – Identifying and Responding to Family Violence for Family Law Legal Advisers.  New evidence-based toolkit to help family law legal advisers identify and respond to family violence. The HELP toolkit includes practical information on how to ask about family violence in a way that is safe for the client.  The first of its kind in Canada, the HELP toolkit aims to improve how the family justice system responds to family violence

Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

This 13-page Tax Matters Toolkit: Separation and Divorce from the Canadian Bar Association, updated in May 2022, can help family law clients understand how tax rules might affect their future finances in the event of separation or divorce.

The CBA also offers several “Legal Health Checks” including one on relationships, separation and divorce.