Referrals - Family Law

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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 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

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.

 

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, Suite 1306.  Every Tuesday from 12:30 - 4:30 pm, and every Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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.

 


 

Other Sources of Information

 

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

 

Family Law Tip Sheets

Resource Lists

 

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and Your Legal Rights

 

CLEO - pamphlets on family law are available online, including "An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario"

 

YourLegalRights.on.ca - 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

 

Other

 

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.

 

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

 


 

Latest Family Law Resources on Your Legal Rights

 

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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