Family Law

There is an ongoing labour disruption at Canada Post. Deadlines for filing and serving documents in accordance with Family Law Rules will not be changed because of this disruption and must be followed.

Please consider any extra time needed to meet the deadlines under the Family Law Rules for filing and serving documents.

Please note that due to the ongoing labour disruption, some family court documents may take longer to process and may be delivered to you in other ways (e.g., by email, fax, or courier).

If you are unable to drop off documents to the court in person, you may have to courier, fax or email them. For more information, please contact your local family court.

For more information contact the Family Responsibility Office.

Expanding Legal Services Options for Families – Comment period open

The Ministry of the Attorney General and the Law Society of Upper Canada invite you to comment on recommendations in a report that examines whether a broader range of legal service providers should be allowed to deliver certain family legal services.

Provide your comments here.

Family Law involves all legal issues that can be dealt with in a family court, including:

General information

  • 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.

About Courts

Legislation and forms

Feedback regarding the Mandatory Information Program, Family Law Information and Mediation Services

The Ministry has established an on-line confidential client satisfaction survey which should take less than five minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey.