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Family Court: Overview

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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.

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The Ontario Court of Justice is committed to achieving and promoting excellence in family law through:

  • meaningful access to justice to ensure the Court is serving the diverse needs of families and children in a manner that ensures public trust and confidence in the justice system;
  • fair and impartial decision making in an effective and timely manner;
  • an independent judiciary supported by an effective judicial administration.

For more information on the Ontario Court of Justice’s Family Court, please see the Ontario Court of Justice’s Biennial Report.