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Family Court Support Information

COVID-19 and Family Court

 

March 25, 2020
Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre wants everyone supporting women fleeing abuse to have up-to-date information about what family law services and supports are available across Ontario at this time.

 

This information is from Luke's Place - see below;


• Ontario’s courts have suspended their regular operations
• Filing counters remain open with reduced hours (10 a.m. – 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), but this could change at any time
• Documents for urgent matters only can be filed electronically: https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-divorce-application-online
• Duty counsel services are being provided remotely by Legal Aid Ontario. How this is being done will vary from one court jurisdiction to another. For more information: https://www.legalaid.on.ca/news/covid-19-update-on-our-client-services/
• Information and Referral Coordinator services will be available electronically. See below for contact information for IRCs across the province
• There will be some flexibility and understanding that not all documents being filed will be as professionally put together and as complete as is usually required. As long as affidavits contain detailed evidence, this should be acceptable
• Urgent matters that will be heard by the court include: custody, access, child protection, failure to return children, restraining orders, exclusive possession of the matrimonial home and, especially when the financial situation may preclude a woman from being able to get to a safe place, support
• Triage judges are in place at each family court to determine which cases are urgent
• See the end of this document for a tip sheet on safety planning for women living with an abusive partner

 

Accessing family law advice and assistance

 

Virtual Legal Clinic

 

Luke’s Place is opening its Virtual Legal Clinic (VLC) to women using any VAW service in any part of Ontario in order to increase access to family law support for women fleeing abuse. The VLC connects a woman with a family law lawyer via a web-based video conferencing program, for a summary legal advice consultation.


We have modified our protocols for using the VLC so that women can access a consultation whether or not they are in a shelter. Appointment requests must come through a VAW/woman-serving organization.


To learn more about the VLC, see information on our website at: https://lukesplace.ca/for-women/lukes-place-virtual-legal-clinic/
If you would like your clients to be able to access the VLC, please contact us at:
kathryn@lukesplace.ca and/or 905-728-0978 ext. 230.

 

Other special legal services


LAO’s Client Lawyer Service Centre can be reached at 1-800-668-8257, for summary legal advice about a family law issue.
Please note that, for the time being, financial eligibility requirements for summary legal advice are being waived. https://www.legalaid.on.ca/news/changes-to-summary-legal-advice-services-at-legal-aid-ontario-due-to-covid-19-pandemic/
The Law Society of Ontario has opened a new help line for people requiring urgent legal assistance: 1-800-268-7568 or 416-947-3310

 

Contact our Family Court Support Worker for more assistance - alyssa@vslg.ca / 613-925-0155 (leave a message)

 

 

 

Family Court Support Worker Program

FCSWP Pamphlet

FCSWP Referral Form

Family Court Information (specific to Leeds and Grenville)

 

Finding Legal Help

Finding Help With Your Family Law Problem

Family Law Information and Advice

Family Lawyers in Leeds and Grenville

Family Law Resources in Ontario

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law

Fact Sheet: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation: Facts and Issues

Family Law Arbitration

Where Can I Find More Information About Family Law?

Fact Sheet: Access to Legal Representation

Legal Services in Ontario

Sources for Online legal information

 

Safety Planning

Planning for Your Safety

Safety Planning in Court

Safety Planning at Work (video)

Stalking and Harassment

Fact Sheet: Stalking and Family Law

Dealing with Violence at Home (for children/youth)

Financial Check List

Empowerment Toolkit

 

Getting Started

Presenting Evidence About Abuse in Family Court

What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario

A Legal Rights Handbook

Criminal and Family Law

Fact Sheet: Family Law Overview

Fact Sheet: Common Family Law Terms

Before You See Your Family Law Practitioner

Working Effectively With Your Lawyer

Why Is It Important to Tell Your Lawyer You Are Aboriginal?

Getting Through The Family Court Process

Basic Legal Information and Advice

Family Law Issues for Immigrant, Refugee and Non-Status Women

Presenting Evidence About Abuse in Family Court (video presentation)

Surviving Legal Bullying

Difference between Criminal Court Vs Family Court

 

Separation/Divorce

Family Breakdown: What is a Legal Separation?

Marriage and Divorce

Fact Sheet: Divorce

Fact Sheet: Common Law Relationships

Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division

How Property is Divided in Family Law

Fact Sheet: Property Division

Divorce Law: Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers about Divorce for Jewish Women

Domestic Contracts

Divorce and Your Credit

A Woman's Guide to Money, Relationships and the Law

 

Custody/Access

Guide to Custody and Access

Child Custody and Access

Child Custody, Access and Parenting Plans

Fact Sheet: Custody and Access

Fact Sheet: Common Access Problems

Sample Schedules by Age of Child

Parenting Plans

Safety-Focussed Parenting Plans

Medium or Long-Distance Parenting Plans

Fact Sheet: Mobility -- Moving With the Children

International Child Abductions: A Manual for Parents

Custody and Access Assessments

Custody Issues for Gay and Lesbian Parents

 

Child/Spousal Support

Separation and Divorce: Child Support

Child Support

Fact Sheet: Child Support

Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support

Spousal Support

Fact Sheet: Spousal Support

Federal Child Support Guidelines

Child and Spousal Support When You Are on Social Assistance

 

Protection Orders

Protection Orders

Restraining Order: A Self-Help Guide

/photos/custom/Restraining Orders vs Peace Bonds.pdf

 

CAS Involvement

Children's Aid: Information for Parents

Child Protection and Family Law

What You Should Know About Child Protection Court Cases

Fact Sheet: Child Protection

 

Family Court Forms and Guides

1. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Information Before You Start

2. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Starting a Family Case

3. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Answers

4. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Financial Statements

5. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Filing Documents

6. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Serving Documents

7. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Required Steps

8. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Motions

9. Guide to Procedures in Family Court: Trial

Motion to Change a Final Family Court Order or a Support Agreement: Self-Help Guide

When You Are Served with a Motion to Change: Self-Help Guide

Parenting Affidavit (Form 35.1) Self-Help Guide

 

Articles On Parenting After Separation

Articles on Parenting and Divorce by Bill Eddy

Quick Help for Families in Transition

The Effects of Divorce on Children

 

For Children/Youth

A Child's Legal Guide to Separation and Divorce

Dealing with Violence at Home

www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea/lib-bib/pub/book-livre/index.html

www.familieschange.ca/kids/

hwww.familieschange.ca/teen/

www.kidshelpphone.ca/teens/home/splash.aspx

 

Websites

www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/

www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/english/family/

www.lao.on.ca/ (Legal Aid Ontario)

www.lsuc.on.ca/ (Law Society of Upper Canada)

www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-citizenship-and-immigration

yourlegalrights.on.ca/family-law

onefamilylaw.ca/ (information in multiple languages)

www.mysupportcalculator.ca/Welcome.aspx

www.coloradodivorcemediation.com/family/parent_plans.asp