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The Family Law Division helps people who are experiencing family law disputes. However, because CLASP is a student clinic, we cannot help in every situation.

Please read the information below to see if CLASP may be able to help you

If you are still unsure or have questions, please Contact Us. We will ask you questions to see if CLASP can help. If CLASP cannot assist you, we will give you suggestions of where you can go to get assistance.

Do you qualify financially?

Which courthouse are you going to?

What issues are you experiencing?

What services does CLASP provide?

What do I need to bring to my Family Law intake interview?

Do you qualify financially?

All clients must meet our financial requirements set by Legal Aid Ontario. For more information about financial requirements, please see our How to Apply page.

Which courthouse are you going to?

For cases that are currently before the court or that will be before the court, CLASP will only be able to assist with matters being heard at the North Toronto Family Court (47 Sheppard Avenue East).

If your case is at another courthouse (e.g. 311 Jarvis Street (Toronto), 393 University Avenue (Toronto), Newmarket, Brampton, Oshawa, etc.), we are not able to assist you, but we will give you information on other resources that may be helpful.

What issues are you experiencing?

CLASP may assist with cases in relation to:

  • Custody
  • Access
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Restraining orders

Please note that CLASP does not assist with the following matters:

  • Child protection cases (Children’s Aid matters)
  • Cases involving division of property
  • Divorces

 

What services does CLASP provide?

Negotiation / Mediation

CLASP represents clients who are experiencing family law disputes in several ways. CLASP can assist clients who are in negotiations with their former spouse/parent of their child(ren) with respect to custody, access, child support, spousal support and restraining orders. We can also represent clients in mediation provided this process is appropriate in the circumstances and that both parties are in agreement with this choice of process.

The goal in negotiations and mediation is to arrive at an agreement of all or some of the disputed issues. The ultimate agreement may be filed with the Court for enforcement of child support and/or spousal support obligations.

Litigation

CLASP represents clients who are already involved or who may become involved in litigation at 47 Sheppard Avenue East.

Please note that you have 30 days from being served with an Application to serve and file responding materials. If this deadline is missed, it is possible that your former spouse/parent of your child(ren) will ask the court to make an order in your absence. In order to avoid this outcome, it is best to apply for our services as soon as possible after you have been served.

Summary Advice

CLASP can also answer general questions about your family law case and next steps, as long as you qualify financially for our services and it is an area of family law we cover.

Conflicts

Please note that if your former spouse/parent of your child(ren) is a client or has already applied with CLASP for any matter (i.e. the family law matter, an ongoing/past criminal matter, etc.), we will not be able to assist you because of the existence of a conflict. In these situations, we will provide you with suggestions of where you may wish to go to seek assistance.

What do I need to bring to my Family Law interview?

CLASP requires that applicants bring all relevant documents to the In-Person Intake Interview. In addition to the documents listed on our How to Apply,  Family Law applicants must bring the following documents to the intake interview:

  • Most recent Agreement(s) or Court Order(s)
  • For Family Law cases in litigation, court documents that you have been served with and that you have served