Separation and Divorce: Making Decisions and Spending Time with Children
Finding a lawyer
Law Society of Ontario
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has a directory of all lawyers who can practise law in Ontario. Make sure the lawyer you hire has experience with family law. The Law Society also has a Directory of Certified Specialists who focus on family law.
Visit the Law Society website at www.lso.ca, click on "Public Resources" at the top, and then on "Find a Lawyer or Paralegal". You can also call them at:
Toronto area: 416-947-3300
The Law Society Referral Service is an online service that gives you the name of a lawyer in your area who can give you a free consultation for up to 30 minutes. You can ask for a lawyer who speaks your language, or a lawyer who accepts Legal Aid certificates. For more information on Legal Aid certificates, see What if I cannot afford a lawyer?
You can also call them on their crisis line if you cannot use the online service, for example, if you are in custody, in a shelter, or in a remote community without access to the Internet. This line is available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit www.findlegalhelp.ca or call:
Toll-free Crisis Line: 1-855-947-5255
Toronto area Crisis Line: 416-947-5255
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario also offers a searchable directory of lawyers. You can search for family law lawyers by location and language. Visit www.legalaid.on.ca/lawyers and click on "Finding a lawyer".