Getting legal help
You need legal help for a family matter
You want to legally separate from your partner. You might lose custody of your kids. Or you need more financial support from your ex-partner.
You may qualify for a legal aid certificate if you’re financially eligible and you need a lawyer to represent you in one of these situations:
Family mediation could help you come up with a solution that focuses on helping you work things out together, in the best interests of your children, and keeps you out of court. Learn more.
You want to separate from your partner, and feel you can do so without a court process. The lawyer can help you decide which parent the kids will live with, when you or your ex can visit the kids, how to divide your money and other things you own together, and how much financial support you get (or have to give). If one of you is financially eligible and the other earns $50,000 or less, you may both qualify for legal aid. Look at our duty counsel financial eligibility test and learn more about separation agreement certificates.
Your local Children’s Aid Society has taken your child away. You may be able to get a lawyer to help you work out, in court, how you can see your child as well as whether and how you can get your child back
Your local Children’s Aid Society has taken your child away, and plans to place that child in foster care as a ward of the state. You may be able to stay out of (and keep your children out of) court proceedings, and get help to:
Children’s Aid is has taken your child away, and plans to place that child in foster care as a ward of the state. But you, a grandparent or other member of a child’s extended family or home community, want to take care of the child yourself.You could qualify to hire a lawyer to help you.
You are a parent who wants to try and stay in touch with your child after Children’s Aid has legally placed him or her up for adoption.
One or more of these applies to you:
- Your family law case includes many different legal issues.
- You are a self-employed parent.
- You are making a Hague application (your lawyer will tell you about this if it’s relevant).
- You are claiming matrimonial property on a reserve.
- You are making a mobility claim.
- You consider yourself First Nation, Métis or Inuit.
- You have mental health or addiction issues.
- You have literacy issues.
- You do not understand English or French well, or have another language barrier.
- Your case involves many other people.
- You are a parent aged 18 years of age or under.
- You are under 22 years of age and need legal advice and support about starting an access or child support claim against your parent(s).
- You are 65 years of age or over.
Call us toll-free at 1-800-668-8258.
Please have available:
- all papers you have received from the courts or the police
- all agreements you have signed or have been asked to sign
- whether you have hired a lawyer and if not, whether you have a referral form from duty counsel