How can I file forms and documents in my family law case?
Question & AnswerHow can I file forms and documents in my family law case?
You can most family law forms and supporting documents:
- Online using the Family Submissions Online Portal: Read the question How do I file court forms for my family law case online? for more information.
- By email to your local court: The list of email addresses for each court of the Ontario Court of Justice can be found at https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/courthouse-email-addresses/. Check the Superior Court of Justice website for more information on how to file documents there.
- In person at your local court: If you can't file online or by email, contact your local court to find out the court hours for when you can file documents in person.
The cost to file court forms online is the same as the cost to file them in person at a courthouse. For the:
- Ontario Court of Justice, there are no filing fees
- Superior Court of Justice, including the Family Court branch, there may be filing fees, depending on what you're asking for.
If you can't afford to pay the court fees, you can ask for a fee waiver certificate. This means you don't have to pay most court fees. The Ontario government's A Guide to Fee Waiver Requests tells you which court fees can be waived and how to ask for a fee waiver.
Rule 1.1 Electronic filing and issuance of documents tells you how to file your documents. There is also a guide on how to file documents.
Make sure you have the most up-to-date court forms. All forms can be downloaded as Word documents and some are also available as fillable PDFs.
Use CLEO’s Guided Pathways
You can use CLEO's Guided Pathways to Family Court Forms to fill out your court forms. This free online tool asks you questions and puts your answers into the required court forms. When you're finished, you can save or print your completed forms and file them with the court.
Before you file your documents, you must remove all financial account numbers and personal identifying information. You do this by blacking out information like:
- social insurance numbers
- bank account numbers
- credit card numbers
- account numbers for mortgages, lines of credit, and other loans
You must keep the original documents that shows this information. A judge might ask to see it.
Get legal help
Family law court forms can be difficult to understand and fill out. It's a good idea to talk to a lawyer before you fill out your forms and file them. A lawyer can make sure your forms are correctly filled out and you have all the documents you need.
If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, some lawyers provide “unbundled services” or “limited scope retainer” services. This means you pay them to help you with part of your case, such as filling out your forms.
If you can't afford to hire a lawyer at all, you may be able to find legal help in other places.