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How should I use this website?

How you use this website will depend on a number of things:

  • The legal issues with which you are dealing
  • The stage of the process you have reached
  • Your learning style, and so on

We suggest that you take a “need to know” approach and only read those sections that apply to your situation at the moment. Information can be a key tool in helping you to feel more empowered, but it can also feel overwhelming at times. Remember to use self-care techniques and take breaks or access support as needed when reading this website.

We strongly encourage you to work with a women’s legal advocate throughout your family law case. Depending on where you live and what resources are available to you, you may be able to work with a counsellor at your community women’s shelter who has experience with family court, a counsellor in another community agency or a Family Court Support Worker. For a listing of Family Court Support Workers throughout the province of Ontario please visit Ontario’s Attorney General’s website.