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New Services In Brampton And Milton Courts Helping Families

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New Services In Brampton And Milton Courts Helping Families

McGuinty Government Helping Families Navigate The Justice System

Ministry of the Attorney General

Brampton and Milton's family courts are now helping parents better understand the court system and how to help their children when going through separations or divorces.

A local team of justice partners, including judges, Legal Aid Ontario staff, lawyers, mediators and court staff are working together to:

  • Provide mandatory information sessions to help families learn about the effects of separation on children and the options available to them to resolve their disputes
  • Evaluate each family's situation and recommend the most appropriate services
  • Offer volunteer senior lawyers, called dispute resolution officers, who will help families find less confrontational ways of resolving disputes before appearing in court
  • Provide greater access to legal advice and alternatives to litigation, such as mediation.

These new services began helping families this week. As part of Ontario's family justice reforms, these two family courts were selected to be the first to help improve family justice and develop new initiatives to help reduce the stress on families. These initiatives in Brampton and Milton will help inform future improvements to court locations across the province.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 160,000 people use family courts each year in Ontario.
  • Family courts deal with matters such as child custody and restraining orders.
  • Ontario's new Court Forms Assistant is an interactive website to help people fill out 11 of the most commonly-used Ontario family and small claims court forms. This tool makes it easier to understand the steps involved in starting a case in family court.

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“These improvements will help families resolve difficult issues faster and with less emotional stress when their relationships break down.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General

“Legal Aid Ontario recognizes that there is a clear need to make improvements to our system of family justice, and we are pleased to support these significant steps in family justice reform.”

John McCamus

Chair of Legal Aid Ontario

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