Ontario has 3 different courts that deal with family law issues. These are the:
- Family Court Branch of the Superior Court of Justice
- Superior Court of Justice
- Ontario Court of Justice
It's important that you go to the right court. Rule 5: Where a case starts and is to be heard tells you where you should start your family law case.
Because some courts don’t deal with certain family law issues, you have to start your case in a court that:
1. deals with the family law issues that you need to resolve, and
2. is in the municipality where you or your partner lives.
But, if your issues are about child custody or access, you should go to the court in the municipality where your child lives.
If you’re not sure which court to go to, call the family court in your municipality to ask.