How can I file forms and documents in my family law case?

2. File by email

Depending on your family law issue and the court, you might be able to your forms and supporting documents by email. Check the Family Law Rules and the court's orders, Notices and Practice Directions. Or call your local court for more information.

If your case is at the Ontario Court of Justice, check the court’s website for more information on how to file your documents by email. Each court has its own email address.

If your case is at the Superior Court of Justice, check the court’s website for more information on how to file your documents by email.

Information to include

Include the following information in the subject line of your email:

  • the level of Court, for example the OCJ for the Ontario Court of Justice or the SCJ for the Superior Court of Justice
  • the type of matter, for example family law or child protection
  • the file number, or “new” if there is no file number
  • the type of document, for example , application, or

Include the following information in the body of your email:

  • the file number
  • the title of the proceeding
  • a list of the documents attached
  • the type of request, for example a motion or case conference date
  • when and how your partner was served
  • your name and contact information

Naming documents

Documents submitted electronically must have the following information in this order:

  1. the type of document and form number, for example Application Form 8, Financial statement Form 13.1, Case Conference Brief Form 17A
  2. whether you are the “Applicant” or “APP” for short, or “Respondent” or “RESP” for short
  3. your name
  4. the date the document was signed or created as DD-MMM-YYYY

Here are some examples:

Application Form 8 – Applicant – A. Smith – 05-JUL-2021

Answer Form 10 – Respondent – B. Smith – 30-JUL-2021

There's more information on the OCJ website and SCJ website.

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