- Your Legal Rights offers practical legal information by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- Steps to Justice provides detailed step-by-step legal information to help you work through your legal problem. It begins by listing commonly asked questions and then gives clear answers leading to specific next steps. It also links to helpful checklists, templates, forms, resources, and key legal and community contacts. Developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) NEW!
- Ministry of Attorney General
- “What you should know about Family Law in Ontario” – Ministry of the Attorney General
- Community Legal Education Ontario
- Ontario Women’s Justice Network – Multilingual Resources. Legal information regarding issues related to violence against Women
Guides to Ontario Courts
Guides for Self Represented Litigants
- Forms for Ontario courts Ontario Court Services Website to access Family Law Rules Forms, Rules of Civil Procedure Forms, Rules of the Small Claims Court Forms and their respective Guides to fill out those forms.
- Ontario Court Addresses
Family Law Trial Guides
- Ontario Courts – “Representing Yourself Guide”
- “Essential tips and Information for Self-Represented Litigants Coping with the Courtroom”
- Ontario Courts – “A Guide to Process for Family Cases at the Superior Court of Justice”
- “Representing Yourself at Your Family Law Trial – A Guide from the Ontario Court of Justice”
Family Law Resources
- Ontario Ministry of Attorney General “A Guide to Procedures at Court”
- “What you should know about Family Law” – Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
- Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)
Family Court Guidelines
Mediation, Collaborative Family Law and Arbitration
Locate the court-connected family mediation and information service in your area.
- Ontario Association for Family Mediation
- The ADR Institute of Ontario
- The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation
- Family First Solutions – A full service mediation practice
- Legal Aid Ontario
- Useful Links for SRL
- Community Legal clinics
- Pro Bono Students (PBSC) operates in 21 law schools in eight provinces across Canada. PBSC law student volunteers provide free legal services.
- Justice Net – Assistance for people who do not qualify for Legal Aid.
- Lawyer Referral Service 1-800-268-8326 or 416-947-3330 (within the GTA).
- The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
Access to Case Law using CanLII
- The CanLII Primer: Legal Research Principles and CanLII Navigation for Self Represented Litigants. it is designed to help SRLs navigate CanLii to prepare for the presentation of their cases- in court, chambers, or as part of a negotiation or mediation. The primer also gives a brief overview of the Canadian Legal System.
- CanLII Connects was created to make it faster and easier for legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. *Only very recent posts may be reliable because the caselaw or legislation may have changed over time.
Support for Children
- Child Support Guidelines
- Child Support Tables
- Child Support Information (Older children)
- Families in Transition (FIT) Family Services Toronto.Specialized services for separating, divorcing and blended families. Programs focus on practical strategies for coping with the challenges children and youth up to 18 and their parents face.
- Family Responsibility Office of Ontario (FRO) Tel: 416-326-1817 or 1-800-267-4330
- Family Responsibility Office Forms
Information and/or help for Children
- The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies provides contact information for all local children’s aid societies in Ontario.
- Office of the Children’s Lawyer: call 416-314-8000
- Supervised Access Program of the Ministry of the Attorney General
If a child has been taken outside of Canada without your permission:
- Ministry of the Attorney General, Central Authority for Ontario for The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Call 416-240-2411.
- International Child Abductions: A Manual for Parents.
- “Our missing children” program c/o National Missing Children Services: In Ontario call toll-free 1-877-318-3576
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline: This is a toll-free crisis telephone service operating province-wide 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained counsellors can help you determine your options, provide information about local supports such as shelters and sexual assault centers and help you develop an immediate safety plan. Interpreters in 150 languages are available to respond to callers. Call 1-866-863-0511 or, in the Toronto calling area, 416-863-0511. TTY 1-866-863-7868.
- French-Language Crisis Line: A toll-free crisis telephone service for Francophone women experiencing violence. Call 1-877-336-2433 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- Victims Services Toronto Tel: 416-808-7066 (there are others across Ontario)
- Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General – Programs and Services for Victims of Crime
- Mobile Crisis Intervention Priority Response Unit involving a mental-health crisis including thoughts of suicide or self-harm, distorted or psychotic thinking, anxiety, overwhelming depression, and those who may be suffering from a temporary breakdown of coping skills.
Requesting Assistance for People with Disabilities
Complaining about a Lawyer
- LSUC will review your complaint about how a lawyer handled your case
- 416-947-3310 (Toronto and area), Toll-free: 1-800-268-7568
- Information on how to dispute a lawyer’s charges (fees)