Family law includes all those laws that may affect you if you get married, separated, or divorced. It includes the laws that deal with marriage contracts, property division, child custody, access and support as well as spousal support. The family laws in Ontario are complex but there are many ways you can inform yourself about family law in Ontario and your options.
Whether you live in Toronto, Windsor, London, Barrie, Ottawa, Oshawa or any other location in Ontario, your local family court will have a Family Law Information Centre that can provide you with information for families separating, guides to court procedures, and information about mediation services in your community. In addition, family courts in Ontario may provide you with access to family lawyers for advice.
It is important to know that, with the exception of divorce, you do not have to go to court to settle your family law issues. Separation agreements are often an effective way to settle all issues surrounding your separation from your spouse including child custody, access, child support, spousal support, division of family property, and any other issues that arise from the marriage. In Ontario, an agreement cannot make a divorce effective. Only a court can grant a divorce.
It is recommended that you seek the advice of a family lawyer whether you are seeking information of marriage contracts or separating from your spouse. A family lawyer will ensure that you understand your legal entitlements.
This article is not intended to provide legal advice. It is recommended that you consult your family lawyer for advice concerning your particular case.