These flowcharts give basic information about the steps in a typical family law case in Ontario. They are only a guide. It is important to try to get legal advice about your situation. Legal advice is when a lawyer explains how the law applies to your specific legal problems.
Talking to a lawyer can help you understand your options and which steps make the most sense in your case. It can also help you understand what the law says you have to do and what you can get.
If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, you can still speak with one for general advice. Some lawyers also provide "unbundled" or "limited scope" services. This means they agree to help you with part of your case.
You can also talk to a family law professional like a mediator or arbitrator. These are people who work with you and your partner to help you reach an agreement out of court. The Step Get help from a family law professional explains this option in more detail and lists some of the reasons why you may or may not want to use it.
Here are some places that offer legal information.