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Working with Your Lawyer: Advocacy Tips for Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Dealing with Family Law Issues

This information is for women with disabilities and deaf women who are dealing with the legal system. There is a booklet available in Braille, by order only, from the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) website.

Available in:

English, American Sign Language (ASL)

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF, Video

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

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Custody and Parenting

This section of the Department of Justice website has information and links to other websites on these topics:

  • Create a Parenting Plan
  • Help your kids cope
  • Protecting your children
  • Information for Grandparents

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

This handbook is for any woman in Ontario who is being abused, or who has been abused, by her partner. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman’s rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Domestic Contracts for Muslim Women

This booklet looks at the legal status of domestic contracts, such as marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, and separation agreements in the context of the Muslim community. It explains how Ontario family law relates to Islamic family law. It also looks at the court’s role in enforcing domestic contracts.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Somali, Urdu

Format:

Booklet/PDF

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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Making plans: A guide to parenting arrangements after separation or divorce – How to put your children first

Making Plans gives parents information about what issues they need to address when coming up with a parenting arrangement after divorce and the processes they can use to come up with this arrangement. Section titles are:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Parenting Plan Checklist – Department of Justice Canada

A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. This checklist includes topics such as living arrangements and parenting schedules, vacation, holidays, and special days, health care, children with special needs, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans

When parents separate or divorce, they have to put in place a parenting plan covering where the children will live, how much time the children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children.

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Korean, Spanish

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017