Family Law during COVID-19

Our COVID-19 Inventory Tool on CLEO Connect provides an overview of key, up-to-date resources and supports available to your clients during the pandemic.

Community Legal Clinics and Legal Supports

Find a community legal clinic
Legal Clinics – Legal Aid Ontario

Luke’s Place - Virtual Legal Clinic
Provides free summary legal advice to women in Ontario who have been subjected to intimate partner violence.
Luke's Place Virtual Legal Clinic – Luke's Place or 1-866-516-3116

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
COVID-19 FAQs: Family – Legal Aid Ontario or 1-800-668-8258
During COVID LAO has removed financial eligibility for summary legal advice. This means that you can call and speak to a lawyer who will give you advice for free, they must respond to you within 48 hours.

LAO Domestic Violence Certificates
LAO offers 2 hours of free advice with a lawyer to people who have experienced domestic violence and need immediate legal help. Ask your local shelter or community legal clinic if they offer this service or call LAO to find out more.

Ontario Legal Information Centre
Ontario Legal Information Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone in Ontario by telephone or in person at their Ottawa office in any area of law in English or French.

Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project
Ontario's Family Law Limited Scope Services – Unbundled Services for Family Law Cases The website has a directory of family law lawyers that provide unbundled services. You can search by location, name, and language.

Agincourt Community Services Legal Assistance Centre
Legal Assistance Centre has a virtual legal clinic that is open on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm for people living in Ontario. It is run by volunteer lawyers who can give a free 20-minute consultation on some immigration, family, and housing law issues.

Justice Net
JusticeNet helps people find a legal professional if their income is too high to get legal aid but too low to afford legal fees. If your net family income is less than $59,000, they refer you to an online directory of lawyers, paralegals, and mediators who provide help at reduced rates.

Family Justice Centre
Family Justice Centre gives summary legal advice and help filling out court forms to people with low-income and who don’t have a lawyer. Services are currently being provided by video conference.

Family Law Information Centres (FLICs)
They are in every Ontario court that deals with family law. To find a FLIC in your area, find your local courthouse at

Family Court Support Workers

If you are a victim of domestic violence and going through the family court process, you might be able to get help from a family court support worker.

Ontario Women’s Justice Network
Family Court Support Workers

Government of Ontario
Family court support workers

Luke’s Place - Durham region supports
Legal and family court support – Luke's Place

Community Organizations

Fem'aide - Vivre sans violence est un droit! - Fem'aide
Provides a 24-hour telephone service for Francophone women who have experienced abuse.

METRAC - Action on Violence
METRAC provides: easy-to-understand, multilingual information, legal information training for women and service providers; and more.

Violence Against Women + Children

Luke’s Place
Family Court Survival Guide
Family court survival for women leaving abusive relationships

Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC)
COVID-19 and Violence Against Women & Children

Emergency + Crisis Support

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline (open 24/7 for calls).
Assaulted Women's Helpline
Toll free line: 1-866-863-0511

Talk 4 Healing Helpline for Indigenous Women (14 languages)
Talk4Healing HelpLine

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness: Helpline 24/7
Hope for Wellness Chat (English, French, Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut)

CLEO’s Steps to Justice

Steps to Justice - COVID 19 and Family Law
COVID‑19 Abuse and Family Violence


Navigating family courts during the pandemic (CLEO's COVID-19 webinar series)
Navigating family courts during the pandemic

Guides and Forms

CLEO’s Family Law Guided Pathways
A series of online interviews that help you fill out the court forms you need for your family law matter.
About Family Law Guided Pathways

Training for Services Providers

Luke’s Place Resources + Training for Service Providers
For service providers – Luke's Place

Training for service providers – Luke's Place