Steps to Justice News

New Family Law Guided Pathways to change your final family law court order or support agreement

If your circumstances change, you may need to make changes to a final court order or a written agreement about arrangements for your children or support. CLEO’s Guided Pathways now offer online help for you to complete the family law court forms required to request a Motion to Change a final order relating to decision-making responsibility (custody),

New information on elder abuse

Steps to Justice now has information about elder abuse. Aimed at older adults who are living in their own homes, retirement homes, and long-term care homes, it’s also meant to help friends, family members, and caregivers. Topics include:

recognizing abuse
protecting yourself and others from abuse
different types of abuse

Justice pas-à-pas offre maintenant des renseignements sur les mauvais traitements envers les personnes âgées.

Guided Pathway for preparing for your trial management conference

Do you have a trial management conference coming up in your family court case? Get online help to complete the forms you need from CLEO’s Guided Pathways.
Use the pathway to fill out:

Form 17E: Trial Management Conference Brief (if your case is in the Ontario Court of Justice),

COVID-19: Updates on the law and benefits

CLEO has new information about the law and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the government giving $400 per child to all parents?

Employment Law:

Can I get paid sick days if I have COVID-19?

Immigration and Refugee Law:

I have temporary status and can’t leave because of COVID-19.

On the Radar: Access to vaccines and new ways to get permanent resident status

This month’s On the Radar from CLEO, looks at two important updates to immigration and refugee law. These are:

access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people without health coverage and people without immigration status
a new federal government pathway to permanent resident status for some essential workers and international students that starts May 6,

Welcome to the new look for Steps to Justice

Are you looking for legal information? Steps to Justice has a new and improved look! Some highlights include:

Cleaner design

Find practical legal information, referrals, and links to services more easily

More practical tools and resources

Use our Guided Pathways, letter-writing tools, courtroom illustrations, and more to deal with your legal issue

Improved search tool

Find the information you need more quickly using our enhanced automated search

We continue to offer live chat and answer your questions by email in English and French.

New information on human rights

Steps to Justice now has information about discrimination and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, including information about:

preparing for and participating in a hearing
discrimination by your landlord because of a disability or medical marijuana
discrimination at work, such as racial discrimination,

CLEO’s On the Radar: Changes to Family Law

On March 1, 2021, several changes to family law took effect. Besides revising parenting terms and defining family violence, the changes say:

partners must think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
courts must consider the more detailed best interests of the child test
parents with a court order about parenting must usually give notice before they move or relocate with their child

Ontario’s family court forms have been revised to reflect these changes.

Updated information on family law

Steps to Justice‘s family law content and CLEO’s Guided Pathways have been updated to reflect changes that took effect on March 1, 2021. The changes include:

new and revised family law court forms
a more detailed best interests of the child test
a new definition of family violence that includes psychological and financial abuse
replacing the terms custody and access with decision-making responsibility and parenting time
requiring partners to think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
requiring a parent to give notice before relocating with their child where there is a court order about parenting

Steps in a Family Law Case and CLEO’s family print series have also been updated.

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