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Getting Help With Your Family Law Matter During Covid-19

Legal Aid Ontario (1-800-668-8258)

You can speak to an Advice Lawyer over the phone for 20 minutes for free, without having to meet the financial eligibility requirements. 

If you have a mediated agreement, you may be able to obtain summary advice on its terms. If you are using our onsite or offsite mediation services, you can get advice on the mediation process and some or all parts of the agreement by leaving a message and a family lawyer will call you back.

For more information about the full range of resources available through Legal Aid Ontario, click here.

Note: LAO will not be returning to physical workplaces on January 4, 2021. 

Emergency Family Law Referral Line (1-800-268-7568)

During this time when the courts are closed except for urgent matters, this new service can help those who don’t have a lawyer. You can have 30 minutes of free legal advice specific to determining whether your matter is urgent. You can call this number and speak with a family lawyer for free for 30 minutes. 

Ontario Legal Information Center Phone Line

The Association of French-Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO) has a resource called the Ontario Legal Information Centre that gives you 30 minutes with a lawyer over the telephone or in person. Call 1-844-343-7462 to speak with a lawyer about any area of law in English or French. You may have to leave a message, and a lawyer will call you back within 14 days.

Advice and Settlement Counsel

In recognition of the current challenges faced by parents and families, Advice and Settlement Counsel (ASC) panel members continue to offer services using non-contact forms of communication such as Zoom technology and by telephone. A list of available panel members can be found here.

Changes to our protocols may include: 

  • Reviewing and executing retainers, intake forms and other documents through scan, photo and/or email.
  • Providing summary advice on family matters.
  • Providing summary advice on mediated agreements and back-up documentation that have been provided through an on-line platform.
  • Drafting temporary and final proposals to resolve family law issues (including offers to settle).

The first hour of services continues to be billed at a rate of $ 226 (inclusive of hst).  Payment can be made by e-transfer or credit card, as agreed to by the client and the lawyer. Payment is required to be made when services are rendered.

Panel members may be prepared to continue the retainer at an agreed upon billing rate, or they can make referrals to the Family Law Limited Scope Project.

Additional services that may be provided include but are not limited to the following:

  1. drafting urgent motions; and,
  2. drafting court document for use once the courts return to the usual operations such as: preparing financial statements, drafting Applications and Answers.

For more information contact:

Family Law Limited Scope Services Project

A directory of family lawyers offering ‘unbundled’ legal advice and services, generally at affordable rates.

Corollary Relief Matrimonial

An all-in-one resource for everything family law in Ontario.

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

You can learn much more about available services, mediation, court process, separation, divorce and the law by visiting us at one of our Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)


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