Ontario Family Law Information Centres
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General courthouse family law information centres, offering information, limited legal advice, and other assistance to self-represented litigants.
All Ontario courts
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
|1999||FLICs established in 17 unified family court sites|
|1999-2004||FLICs expanded to all court locations|
Family Law Information Centres were established in 17 unified family court sites in 1999. They were expanded over the next five years to all court locations.
To provide free information and help about issues related to separation and divorce and other family law matters to the public.
- Court staff will provide information about the family court; court process; court forms; guides to procedure and how to get a lawyer
- An Advice Lawyer (from Legal Aid Ontario) will provide 20 minutes of general legal information on family law matters free of charge regardless of eligibility, or case-specific advice to those who qualify financially
- An Information Referral Coordinator (IRC) will provide information about family mediation; effects of separation and divorce on children; register the parties for free parent information sessions and make referrals to community services. (IRC service is available only at Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations [previously known as the Unified Family Court])
The following resource materials are available:
- Pamphlets and other publications on issues related to separation and divorce and child protection matters;
- Court forms and Guides to Procedure;
- Information on community resources; and
- Referrals to the court-connected family mediation services.*
*In Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations only.
98% respondents to a 2001 survey rated FLIC services as "very helpful" or "satisfactory." (Business Plan)