Update: Changes to Family Law Rules
As of April 23, 2018, Ontario has made changes to the Family Law Rules to support the e-filing service for joint divorce applications. If you live in Brampton, Hamilton, Ottawa or Toronto, you can file a joint divorce application online without visiting a courthouse. Learn more
On April 30, 2018, multiple rule and form changes to support the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act, (S.O. 2017, c. 14) came into effect. Find out more about this new legislation.
On July 1, 2018, the timelines to serve and file motion and conference materials will be extended. There will also be amendments to the confirmation rules and two new confirmation forms (one for motions and one for conferences). Updated rules relating to costs will also come into effect.
Please see the Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99 and http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/ for details.
Family Law involves all legal issues that can be dealt with in a family court, including:
- Divorce and separation
- Family Justice Services
- Child custody and access
- Support for you, your spouse and children
- Division or equalization of family property
- Treatment of a matrimonial home
- Enforcement of support payments
- Child protection and adoptions
- What you should
know about Family Law (available in 9 languages)
The booklet contains information about the laws that may affect you if you separate. Includes the care and support of your children, support for you or your spouse, and division of property
- Family Law
Information Centres (FLICs)
An area in each family courthouse where you can receive free information about divorce, separation and related family law issues (child custody, access, support, property division and child protection) and referrals to community resources. Each FLIC has a variety of publications available addressing these issues, as well as guides to court procedures. Staff and Advice Lawyers are also available at designated hours
- Family Law
Resources in Ontario (Community Legal Education Ontario)
This booklet contains a directory of legal resources, information and referral sources.
- Resource List
Extensive list of books and websites for adults and children covering separation and divorce, parenting, emotional and financial issues. Includes age appropriate reading suggestions and interactive websites.
- Your Legal Rights (Community Legal Education Ontario)
A website with practical, easy to find legal information on a variety of topics.
- Family Law Information Program (Legal Aid Ontario)
Legal and practical information on family law topics in an easy to follow format.
- Aboriginal Family Law Information Program
These resources for Aboriginal families provide information about the family justice system, including the social and legal issues surrounding family breakdown such as parenting arrangements, support enforcement, and alternative dispute resolution.
- Understanding the
family court system in Ontario
A quick introduction to the different types of courts and their locations
- Guide to Procedures in Family Court
This guide provides steps to follow when going to court, including which forms must be completed, procedures when attending court and how to take steps in court cases.
- Notice to Public: Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings form now available online NEW
- Guides to Motions to Change
- Restraining Order - A Self-Help Guide
- Parenting Affidavits - A Self-Help Guide
- Family Court Addresses
- How to get a copy of a Divorce Order, Certificate of Divorce or other court document
Legislation and forms
- Family Law –
Contains links to on-line versions of important family law legislation
Family Law Rules
The regulation that sets out the procedures to be followed in all family courts in Ontario
Family Law Rules Forms
Electronic versions of forms under the Family Law Rules
Feedback regarding the Mandatory Information Program, Family Law Information and Mediation Services
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