Family law problems – More legal information
Paths to Justice: Family Law Resource Guides
We’ve put together comprehensive guides for family law. Consult these guides for where to find legal advice, legal information, help with forms, help from a mediator, child and spousal support calculators, and more.
Read our LEARN Law Newspaper Columns on Legal Separation and Where Can I Find More Information About Family Law.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- Guided Pathways (Steps to Justice) – series of many online interviews to help you fill out court forms needed for your family law matter
- Guided Pathway to Divorce Forms (Steps to Justice) – series of questions to help you complete your divorce forms correctly
- pamphlets on family law, including “An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario“
- Steps in a Family Law Case (flowchart)
- interactive illustrations of family court rooms in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice (Steps to Justice)
- Safety Plan – helps people in abusive relationships create a safety plan
CLEO Connect (Your Legal Rights)
Visit their family law page for information on all areas of family law.
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.
Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)
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:
- arranging child support
- Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)
- family law guides
- family law rules and forms
- family arbitration
- Online publications such as:
Adoption, and children with special needs
The Ministry of Children and Youth Service 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
- Child custody and protection – presented by Zahra Dhanani, the legal director of Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (Metrac)
- Understanding the children’s aid society process from the inside – presented by Metrac