Services by topic - Family Law
There are Family Law Information Centres (FLIC) at courthouses that deal with family law. Many of the centres have staff who can give information and make referrals to community agencies and legal services. During specific hours, some of the centres have lawyers from Legal Aid Ontario who can meet with you. For more information, you can contact your local courthouse or visit the section about Family Law Information Centres on the Ministry of the Attorney General website. We also have listings of FLICs across Ontario below. For more information, see Family Law Information Centres (FLICs).
Family Law Service Centres (FLSCs) offer eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters. The centres are staffed by a lawyer manager, staff lawyers, and legal workers who are supervised by lawyers. Each of the FLSCs serve clients going to the family courts located in their area, so it is important that you contact the FLSC in the region where your court case is located. Find the FLSC near you.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) helps low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities get legal assistance through a broad range of services, including legal help for low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer, telephone and online assistance, resources, referrals, and assistance in retaining a lawyer if applicants meet eligibility requirements. LAO provides help in certain areas of law, such as criminal, family, and immigration and refugee.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has information on its website to help you find legal assistance. Visit the Law Society's online Lawyer and Paralegal Directory or call the Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) to get the name of a lawyer.
Family Law services are available at Scarborough's legal clinics on certain days. To make an appointment with the family lawyer, call the Family Law Coordinator, phone 416-696-2992, fax 416-441-0269.
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently available to anyone living in Ontario.
Please note: If you have a family law issue and there is abuse in the relationship, further services are listed in our Services by Legal Topic - Abuse and Family Violence.
211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For general information on finding legal help visit: I can’t afford a lawyer, where else can I find legal help?
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