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In Ontario, family law matters are heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, or the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice, depending on the issue in dispute and where you are located in the province.
Where the Family Court branch exists, the court hears all family law matters, including divorce, division of property, child and spousal support, custody and access, adoption, and child protection applications. In all other sites across the province, family law matters are divided between the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
The Ontario Court of Justice does not decide divorce or division of property matters.
The court does not hear adoption and child protection matters, except on appeal.
The Guide to Ontario Courts provides general information about courts in Ontario.
Information on the court process in each family court can be found in the guides to procedure:
For a description of family mediation and information services that are available in Ontario's courts, please refer to: