The Ontario Court of Justice has jurisdiction over child protection, adoption, custody, access, child support, and spousal support. The Ontario Court of Justice does not hear divorce or property matters arising from a family breakdown. For these matters, please go to the Superior Court of Justice website.
The Ontario Court of Justice’s Guide for Self-Represented Litigants in Family Court Trials, What to Expect in Family Court and Definitions of Words Commonly Used in Family Law Cases provides information about family law trials and definitions of words commonly used in family law cases.
The Ministry of the Attorney General has information on the following:
- Family Court Locations
- Family Law and Procedures
- French language rights
- Family Court Support Worker
In order to best serve the public, the Ontario Court of Justice developed a family scheduling policy for the Court. This policy provides guidelines and best practices for the judiciary when scheduling family matters.
Legislation, Court Rules, Practices and Policies
- Family Law Act
- Child, Youth and Family Services Act
- Children’s Law Reform Act
- Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996
- Family Law Rules
- Forms (Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99)
- Forms (Related family forms regulated by Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996)
- Ontario Court of Justice Practice Directions, Policies and Local Protocols.
Specialized Court at the Ontario Court of Justice
The Ontario Court of Justice has a proud tradition of opening specialized courts. The Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC) is one example of a specialized court. The IDVC provides one judge per family when that family is facing a domestic violence charge and is going through a separation. Information about the IDVC is available online.