Family Law Services

If you require assistance with a family law matter and you do not have a current family legal aid certificate, Legal Aid Ontario (“LAO”) may be able to help you.

LAO has a website at www.legalaid.on.ca that provides information on their  services.  You can also contact LAO’s Client Service Centre toll free at: 1-800-668-8258 and press 0.  No coins are required from a payphone and LAO accepts collect calls. This service is offered in 120 languages.

Links to specific LAO Family Law services are below:

  • Family Law Information Centres (FLIC): If you don’t have a lawyer, FLICs offer free legal assistance and advice in many Ontario courthouses that deal with family matters.
  • Family Law Service Centres (FLSC): Services available at the six FLSCs including help with documents, and representation by a lawyer.
  • Family duty counsel: If you don’t have a lawyer, duty counsel can assist you in court with matters such as child custody or support.
  • Family Law Information Program: A free online resource for those about to enter the family court system.
  • Summary legal advice: Up to 20 minutes of legal advice given over the phone; available through Legal Aid Ontario’s toll-free number.
  • The certificate program: Eligible, low-income Ontarians can apply for full representation by a lawyer through the certificate program. A private lawyer who accepts legal aid clients (or a lawyer at a Family Law Office  or FLSC), can assist with family matters such as custody; child access, support, and protection issues; restraining orders; property divisions and more.

You must be financially eligible to qualify for these services, and your legal matter must be one for which Legal Aid Ontario provides services.

Details on Local Services

LAO also provides advice through Family Law Information Centres at the following locations:

Brant:

Mondays

  • 44 Queen Street, Brantford, Ontario
  • Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
  • This is a joint Criminal Family Law Information Clinic
  • The service is on a first come, first serve basis

Appointment Only

  • C0ntact Court Services at 519 758 3460 to book an appointment

Six Nations:

  • G.R.E.A.T building in Ohsweken, Ontario
  • Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • The service is on a first come, first serve basis

Norfolk:

  •  50 Frederick Hobson VC Drive Simcoe,  Ontario
  •  Thursday from either 10:00 am until 12 pm or 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
  •  Please book an appointment by calling 519-426-6550

HALDIMAND

  •  55 Munsee St. North Cayuga, Ontario
  •  Friday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. [ joint FLIC/CLIC]
  •  By appointment by calling 1-905-772-3335

The Law Society Referral Service 

Anyone looking for legal advice in a specific area of law may contact the Law Society Referral Service.  This is a free online service that can connect you with a lawyer or paralegal that can assist in a specific area of law.  Visit www.lawsocietyreferralservice.ca.  If you do not have access to the internet, you may contact the Law Society Referral Service Crisis Line at 1-855-947-5255. This service will provide the name and phone number of a legal professional who may be able to deal with your issue and that will provide up to 30 minutes of free consultation.  This service can be found online at LSRS.

You can obtain further general legal information about family law in Ontario by accessing the Your Legal Rights website.