Services in Ontario - COVID-19

Emergency family law referral telephone line – Law Society of Ontario

Contact Information

Phone 416-947-3310 Toll-free 1-800-268-7568

The Law Society of Ontario has set up a temporary emergency family law referral telephone line. This is because since March 16, 2020, Ontario’s family courts are only open for urgent matters because of the COVID-19 situation.

You can call this service if you have a family law issue and you:

  • don’t have a lawyer
  • don’t know if your issue is urgent or not
  • don’t know your next steps if your matter is urgent

If this is your situation, the referral service will help you get 30 minutes of free legal advice and information from a family law lawyer.


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Family summary advice


Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY TTY (teletypewriter) – Use Bell’s Relay Service: 1 800 855 0511

During the COVID-19 situation, LAO is offering more telephone support. Call LAO’s summary advice line at 1-800-668-8258 for more information.

LAO has a free summary advice line that can give you up to 20 minutes of information and general advice about your family law matter.

This includes information about:

  • your legal options and what might happen
  • separation, divorce, decision-making responsibility, parenting time, child support, or spousal support
  • the family court process and mediation

You usually have to call and give some information about your legal issue and where you live, and a lawyer will call you back.

Luke’s Place


Contact Information

Phone 905-728-0978 Toll-free TTY 1-866-516-3116

Luke’s Place works with abused women across Ontario by providing legal advice, support, and referrals. They offer a Virtual Legal Clinic that connects women with lawyers for free legal advice on family law issues. Call 905-728-0978 or 1-866-516-3116.

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