Getting legal help




Questions and answers

Domestic abuse or violence


Q: Are you or your children experiencing domestic abuse or violence?

A: Immediate help is available through the Assaulted Women's Helpline if you or your children are experiencing violence or the effects of violence, crisis, and abuse. Get more information.



Child custody, access, or support issues


Q: Has the Children's Aid Society (CAS) taken your children into care?

A: Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) assists eligible clients with this type of matter. Call LAO toll free (1-800-668-8258) to find out if we can help you.


Q: Does someone other than the Childrens Aid Society want to adopt your children but you don't agree?

A: Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) assists eligible clients with this type of matter. Call LAO toll free (1-800-668-8258) to find out if we can help you.


Q: Are you trying to get child custody, access, or support?

A: LAO may provide assistance for child custody and access. We may also provide support for contested matters, which are matters where parents or guardians cannot agree on an issue concerning their children. Call LAO toll free (1-800-668-8258) to find out if we can help you.


Q: Are you or someone else contesting custody, access, or support for your children?

A: LAO may provide assistance for child custody and access. We may also provide support for contested matters, which are matters where parents or guardians cannot agree on an issue concerning their children. Call LAO toll free (1-800-668-8258) to find out if we can help you.


Q: Do you want to change your spousal or child support order?

A: LAO does not cover changes to a spousal or child support order unless there are major changes in circumstances. Contact a Family law information centre for more information.



Divorce and separation


Q: Are you trying to get a divorce or separation agreement?

A: If you are financially eligible, LAOs duty counsel can help you. Find out more about family duty counsel.

Summary legal advice is also available for some family legal issues. Call us toll free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out more.


Q: Are you applying for assistance with a status review hearing?

A: If you are financially eligible, LAOs duty counsel can help you. Find out more about family duty counsel.

Summary legal advice is also available for some family legal issues. Call us toll free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out more.


Q: What is mediation and how does it work?

A: Mediation is a way of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom, with the help of a trained mediator. Find out more about family mediation.


Q: Are you trying to get spousal support?

A: If you are financially eligible, LAOs duty counsel can help you. Find out more about family duty counsel.

Summary legal advice is also available for some family legal issues. Call us toll free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out more.



Power of attorney and wills


Q: Does Legal Aid Ontario handle power of attorney/wills and estate matters?

A: No. Legal Aid Ontario does not cover power of attorney or wills and estates.

You can check with your local community legal clinic to see if they can help you with your wills and estates matters.

If your legal matter is not listed here, call us toll free at 1-800-668-8258 for more information, or try another category (e.g. civil law).