Legal Aid Ontario launches free online information program for Ontario families
Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Toronto — Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a free online program that will help Ontarians deal with some of the problems that arise when a relationship breaks down.
The Family Law Information Program, available on LAO’s website, describes the practical and legal issues that former spouses might face. It uses both audio and text, in easy-to-understand language, to guide Ontarians through legal definitions, information on legal representation, dispute resolution, and the family court process. Given the often emotionally charged nature of family law disputes, the program also includes sections on the effects of relationship breakdowns, and information on parenting after separation.
The Family Law Information Program was developed by a group of lawyers at Legal Aid Ontario. The information contained in the program is based on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s new Mandatory Information Program, which is currently rolling out across the province. The synergy between the programs will better prepare Ontarians for family court, and can even help them make informed choices about how to resolve their issues outside of court. Last year, over 86,000 new family law proceedings were launched in Ontario courtrooms.1 Ontarians then faced the challenges of navigating through the Ontario family justice system to resolve their issues
Online information is easily accessible to Ontarians across the province, and like Legal Aid Ontario’s website, provides comprehensive legal information, in English and French, that is free for anyone to use. Initiatives such as the Family Law Information Program also address recommendations in Michael Trebilcock’s 2008 report that Legal Aid Ontario provide legal information for a broader demographic.
“The Family Law Information Program is a valuable resource for legal aid clients entering the family law system. Legal education means that our clients—and all Ontarians—are better prepared for the challenges of the system, and can make more knowledgeable legal decisions.”
“FLIP is a creative response to the overwhelming need for early and easy access to legal information for victims of domestic violence.”
For further information
For questions, or more information, contact:
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: 416-979-2352, ext. 4782
1 Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division. Annual Report 2009-10. pp.31