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Families find the legal help they need with Legal Aid Ontario

Posted on: Friday, September 12/08

26,450 family law certificates were issued in 2006-2007.

In 2007-2008, duty counsel assisted 168,966 people with family law matters.

Families find the legal help they need with Legal Aid Ontario

From child protection and custody rights to spousal support payments and domestic violence, thousands of people turn to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) each year for help with a broad range of fundamental and often volatile family law issues.

Depending on the circumstances, LAO may also be able to provide assistance for family law matters such as:

  • Child custody
  • Access to children
  • Child or spousal support
  • Property concerns

Aside from certificate services, Legal Aid Ontario offers family law programs to help clients access the assistance suitable to their circumstances. If LAO cannot provide direct support, clients will be directed to other resources that may be able to help.

LAO's network of family services includes

  • Family duty counsel:
    staff lawyers or private lawyers (paid by LAO) who assist clients attending court without legal representation.

  • Advice lawyers:
    provide free general information on family law matters at Family Law Information Centres (FLIC) located in family courts.

  • Mediation:
    resolves family matters outside of the courtroom with the help of a mediator.

  • Family law offices:
    provide full representation to clients with legal aid certificates who are having difficulty finding a private lawyer; also provide assistance in complex legal cases.

For further information on LAO's family law services, contact a legal aid area office or click on one of the links below.

Domestic violence

Family duty counsel

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

Family Mediation Services (Ministry of the Attorney General link)

Family Certificate Program