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The Family Law Limited Scope Services Project

The Family Law Limited Scope Services Project aims to improve access to family justice for middle and lower income Ontarians by increasing the use of limited scope services, also known as “unbundled” legal services, in family law.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law

This resource explains alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and when to use it in dealing with family law issues. There are sections describing negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative family law. 

Available in:

English, Français, American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF, Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Families Change

This website provides age-appropriate information to help kids, teens, and parents deal with a family break up. The website was produced by the Justice Education Society in collaboration with Community Legal Education Ontario.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Family Law Arbitration

This booklet focuses on arbitration, one form of alternative dispute resolution, and explains how it differs from mediation and private agreements. It briefly outlines the arbitration process and discusses when to use arbitration to settle issues such as custody and access, support, and how to divide property.

Available in:

English, Français, American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF, Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Parental Alienation, Family Law, and Mothers: a discussion

Recorded on March 12, 2018 (1 hour and 15 minutes) – In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer, Malerie Rose from Rose Family Law, discuss how the term “Parental Alienation” has come up in Ontario family courts, and some issues mothers in child custody disputes should be aware of.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario

This resource identifies the main issues that can come up when relationships end. It includes information about marriage and divorce, living together, and domestic contracts, and explains how decisions can be made through agreement, mediation, court, or arbitration.

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Spanish, Urdu

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

This Government of Ontario website has answers to questions under these topic headings:

  • Divorce
  • Processes
  • Custody/Access
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Mediation

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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What Is ADR? Frequently Asked Questions

This resource explains mediation, arbitration, negotiation, restorative justice, collaborative law, and more. Presented on the website of the ADR Institute of Canada, the resource answers questions about ways to resolve conflicts besides the traditional litigation process.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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A Guide to Process for Family Cases at the Superior Court of Justice

The goal of this guide is to help you understand the steps in a family case at the Superior Court of Justice, including the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice (Family Court).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Family Law Information Program For Aboriginal Families

This video was developed by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General to help Aboriginal families learn about the effects of separation on children and adults and the options available to them to resolve their disputes. It covers topics such as:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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