Family Law Court Proceedings in Ontario

In Ontario, there are three different levels of courts which deal with family law matters: Ontario Court of Justice: these courts can only deal with issues relating to support, custody and access, paternity and child protection. Superior Court of Justice: in addition to the above mentioned matters, these courts can deal with divorce, property division and common law trust/equity claims. Please note that this level of court only deals with child protection by way of appeals. Family Court of the Superior…

Information About Legal Aid in Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (“legal aid”) receives funding from the provincial government to provide legal services to people with low incomes. Legal aid has two main components: The community legal clinic system; and The legal aid certificate program. Community legal clinics are staffed by lawyers, community legal workers and sometimes law students. Legal clinics provide representation and advice on various kinds of legal issues. To receive services from a clinic, you must live in the area it serves. Most clinics also…

How to Find Family Law assistance in Toronto, Ontario

There are various ways one may obtain free preliminary legal help, including: contact Lawyer Referral Service at (416) 947-3330 or 1-900-565-4577. The call will cost you $6.00, unless you are in a crisis situation. They can give you the names of lawyers who accept legal aid (I accept legal aid) and can refer you to a lawyer in your area for free half-hour consultation; contact lawyers directly as some provide free initial consultation (usually limited to one half hour). You…