Family law services
Family law involves legal issues that can be dealt with in a family court. Learn more about the family justice services available to you, including what you need to know when going to court.
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Family law court cases are heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, or the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice (sometimes called the Unified Family Court). The Ministry of the Attorney General provides a variety of resources and services to help families understand the family justice system and resolve their disputes.
Family law topics
Learn what happens to your property when you divorce or separate, what you might owe or be owed and how to get support.
Learn about parenting arrangements if you are separating or getting a divorce and how to get a parenting or contact order for the children.
Find tips and resources for parents and caregivers going through a divorce or separation.
Find out how to work with the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) to pay and receive child and spousal support.
How to arrange child support between yourself and the other parent or caregiver.
Set up and change spousal support when going through a separation or divorce.
Learn about going to court if you are involved in a child protection case.
Learn how to apply for a restraining order against a former partner or spouse.
Learn about adoption, how to adopt a child, and get services and support to help you and the child you are adopting throughout the adoption process.
Family courts and procedure
Find out what court you should start your family court case in.
Access the rules of court that apply to family court proceedings.
Read step-by-step information about conducting a family law court case.
Information published by the Court of Appeal for Ontario on family procedures.
Information published by the Superior Court of Justice on family procedures.
Information published by the Ontario Court of Justice on family procedures.
Download or print the court forms you may need for family court proceedings.
Learn how to file family court documents online – without having to go to the courthouse.
Free online tools created by Community Legal Education Ontario to help you fill out family court forms.
Learn how to get a divorce certificate and other family law documents, such as a child support or parenting order.
Find out what financial information you have to give the court and other party when going through a separation or divorce.
Learn how to pay money to the court for a civil or family court case or when managing a child’s money.
Fees and interest
Read the regulation about fees applicable in the Superior Court of Justice, including in family matters.
Read about the fees applicable in the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice (also known as the Unified Family Court).
Find out if you qualify to have your court fees waived and learn how to apply.
Find the interest rates that apply to the money you are owed in a family court case.
Family dispute resolution and legal assistance
Learn about court-connected resources, including free family mediation, the Mandatory Information Program and Family Law Information Centres.
Mediation is an alternative to going to court. Find out if family mediation is right for you and find a mediator.
Learn about accessing the Mandatory Information Program for parties in family law proceedings.
Learn about the resources available at Family Law Information Centres and how to contact them.
Find out if you are eligible for free legal representation in your family court case.
Explore how arbitration can help you and your spouse come to an agreement.
Discover services the Office of the Children’s Lawyer delivers to support children in legal matters.