COVID-19 & ONTARIO FAMILY LAW - NEW CHALLENGES, NEW SOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTION

FROM GENE C. COLMAN: The current virus crisis has presented extraordinary challenges to separated parents and their lawyers. This predicament requires that we all use common sense and try to work cooperatively to craft solutions that prioritize children's needs. Unfortunately, some parents might not be able to be sensible and that's why it is important to have an Ontario family law lawyer who is sensitive but proactive when dealing with COVID-19 custody-access parenting time issues (and even child and spousal support issues).

Here are some resources that parents will hopefully find useful:

CUSTODY, ACCESS, PARENTING TIME

CHILD & SPOUSAL SUPPORT

NOTICES RE CLOSURES AND RESTRICTED ACCESS TO ONTARIO FAMILY COURTS

Which Court?: In Ontario, Family Law cases may be heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, in the Superior Court of Justice, or in the Unified Family Court where such courts exist (the U.F.C. is at the Superior Court of Justice level). Locations of unified courts can be found here. First you need to know where your case should be, especially if you believe that you have a truly emergency matter. You don't want to end up going to the wrong court.

We found a website that has consolidated the links to all Notices to the Profession and other practice notes for courts across Canada. Click here for the Ontario link. Lawyers and self reps must familiarize themselves with the divergent requirements in each court.