Many couples, whether married or in a common-law relationship, need help to resolve their legal issues after they separate or divorce. Some couples are able to resolve their issues on their own. You can talk to your partner on your own, with the... More
Ontario has 3 different courts that deal with family law issues. They are the: Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice Superior Court of Justice Ontario Court of Justice It is important that you go to the right court. The family court... More
You or your partner may want or need to change or end the child support in your separation agreement or court order because of changes to your situation. For example: The payor parent loses their job and can no longer pay the child support agreed... More
You or your partner may want or need to change your court order because of changes to your situation. For example: Your child's living arrangements have changed. Your child has new medical needs. Your child has new education needs. Either you or... More
You or your partner may want or need to change or end the spousal support in your separation agreement or court order because of significant changes to your situation. For example: You or your partner's income has gone up or down. The partner... More
If you're starting a family law court case, you're called the applicant. Your partner is called the respondent. You're both known as the parties in your court case. The family court process follows strict rules. There is a rule about what is needed... More
If your partner started a family law court case against you and you have to respond to court documents you got from them, you're called the respondent. Your partner started the case and is called the applicant. You're both known as the parties in... More
Service or "serving your documents" means giving copies of your documents to your partner and any other people or organizations involved in your court case. These documents are usually court forms and papers that support the information you give the... More
A financial statement is a court form where you set out your financial information. It includes information about your income, expenses, assets, and debts. This is called financial disclosure. There are Family Law Rules that tell you what is needed... More
The continuing record is your family law court file that has every document you and your partner want the court to look at. It is kept at the courthouse. There are Family Law Rules that tell you what is needed at every step in a court case. Rule 9:... More
Even if you start a family law court case, you can talk with your partner at any time and try to resolve your issues out of court. You can talk to your partner on your own, with the help of someone you trust, or with the help of a lawyer or mediator... More
In most cases, you and your partner have to go to a Mandatory Information Program (MIP) session as the first step in your court case. The MIP gives you information about separation and divorce and the legal process. It is usually held at the... More
You have a first court date if your case is at the: Ontario Court of Justice Family Court Branch of the Superior Court of Justice, unless your case also deals with a divorce or dividing property Cases at the Superior Court of Justice don't have a... More
The goal of a case conference is to get you and your partner to agree on some or all of your issues without going to a motion or a trial. Every conference is a chance for you to come closer to agreeing on your issues with your partner. There are... More
If you and your partner haven't sorted out your issues after one or more case conferences, the judge may schedule a settlement conference. The goal of a settlement conference is to help you and your partner settle the issues you still don't agree on... More
A judge schedules a trial management conference when they think you and your partner can't resolve your issues and your case has to go to trial. The goal of a trial management conference is to get you and your partner ready for your trial and to try... More
If you want the court to make a temporary order about some of the issues in your case, you can bring a motion. A motion is a where a party asks a judge to decide specific issues before a trial. For example, you may need a temporary order that says... More
If you want the court to make a temporary order about some of the issues in your case, you can bring a motion. A motion is a where a party asks a judge to decide specific issues before a trial. For example, you may need a temporary order that says... More
If you want the court to make a temporary order about some of the issues in your case, you can bring a motion. A motion is a where a party asks a judge to decide specific issues before a trial. Usually, you have to wait until after you've had a case... More
If you want the court to make a temporary order about some of the issues in your case, you can bring a motion. A motion is a where a party asks a judge to decide specific issues before a trial. Usually, you have to wait until after you've had a case... More
You or your partner can make an offer to settle at any time during the family court process. And you can make more than one offer to settle. An offer to settle is an offer made by one party to the other party to settle some or all the issues in your... More
A trial is your chance to prove what you said and asked for in your court forms. You do this by presenting your evidence. Your evidence can be documents or witnesses that support your case or go against your partner’s case. Judges are neutral and... More
Trials are usually open to the public. This means there may be other people in the courtroom when your trial is going on. Before your trial begins, the judge first deals with any preliminary or procedural matters. Then you and your partner take... More
At the end of your trial, the judge makes a decision using the family law rules and laws and the evidence you give. They make decisions using a test called the balance of probabilities. This means that your evidence has to be more believable than... More