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Steps in a Family Law CaseSteps in a Family Law Case - interactive flowcharts to help people understand and work through the family law process.

An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario
(
August
2021
)

This resource identifies the main issues that must be dealt with when relationships end. It also explains how decisions can be made through an agreement, alternative dispute resolution process, or court.

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Children's aid: Information for parents (Fact sheet)
(
October
2019
)

This resource offers information to help parents who are dealing with child protection agencies. It outlines when an agency might contact a family, how to respond if contacted, what the agency might do, what to do if the agency takes a child away, and where to get help in many languages.

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Family Law: Legal Help
(
August
2021
)

This resource discusses ways to get legal information and advice in family law. It also has details on where to find a lawyer, where to get help if you cannot afford a lawyer, and where to get help if you have experienced family violence.

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Making Decisions and Spending Time with Children
(
August
2021
)

This resource discusses decision-making responsibility and parenting time, which used to be called custody and access. It also explains what happens if parents cannot agree on a parenting plan.

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Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
(
March
2021
)

This resource explains the basic rules for property division between separating married spouses, their rights and obligations with respect to the matrimonial home, and what happens to property if one spouse dies. It also explains the different situation of common-law spouses. There are sections on responsibility for debts, division of CPP credits, and written agreements. The publication closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Child Support
(
March
2021
)

When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This publication discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child’s living arrangements and special expenses. The publication also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support
(
March
2021
)

This publication looks at spousal support for married or common-law partners who are divorcing or separating, including the factors that affect whether spousal support must be paid, in what amount, and for how long. It also contains information about spouses who are on social assistance, and how to enforce payment of support. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Steps in a Family Law Case
(
October
2015
)

Three interactive flowcharts to help people understand and work through the family law process:

  • Before you start, which takes people through the opening stages, including issues families need to think about and ways to resolve their issues
  • As an Applicant in a family court case
  • As a Respondent in a family court case
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