What can I do if I do not qualify for legal aid?
You can represent yourself or hire your own lawyer.
Even if you decide to represent yourself, it’s good to consult a lawyer for some guidance and advice. LAO’s lawyer search tool or the Law Society Referral Service can help you find a qualified family lawyer.
These online resources can also help you navigate the family law system:
- Ontario Court of Justice guide: Representing yourself at your family law trial
- Steps to Justice, a non-profit providing step-by-step information to help Ontarians work through their legal problems
You can also contact Justice Net if your income is too high to qualify for legal aid but too low to afford standard legal fees.