How do I respond to a family law court case?

2. Fill out your court forms

To respond to your partner's claims, or what they're asking for, you have to fill out Form 10: Answer. The form should be in the documents your partner served. If it isn't, you can get it, and any other family law court form, from the courthouse or online.

Family law court forms are available in French and English.

In Form 10: Answer, you tell the court:

  • which of your partner's orders you agree with, if any, and which ones you don't agree with
  • any other orders you would like the court to make, with facts and reasons for each order you're asking for

For example, you may agree to your partner's and plans. These used to be called and .  But you may disagree with the amount of they're asking for. And, you may want to ask for . Or, if your partner has asked for all decision-making responsibility, you can tell the court why you don't agree with that and why you would like to share decision-making responsibility.

The other forms you fill out depend on what you or your partner are asking for.

Support and dividing property

If you or your partner are asking for child support, spousal support, or to divide property, you must also fill out a . Form 13: Financial Disclosure tells you the financial information and other documents you have to give the court.

But, if the amount of child support you're asking for is similar to the amount you would get under the and child support tables, you don't have to fill out a financial statement.

If you're being asked to pay child support, you must almost always fill out a financial statement.

There are 2 financial statement forms. Fill out the financial statement that applies to your situation.

  1. Form 13: Financial Statement (Support Claims): Use this form if you or your partner are asking only for child support, spousal support, or both child support and spousal support. Don't use it if you need to divide property and .
  2. Form 13.1: Financial Statement (Property and Support Claims): Use this form if you or your partner are asking to divide property and debts. You may also be asking for support.

You may also have to fill out:

Decision-making responsibility and parenting time

If you or your partner are asking for decision-making responsibility or parenting time with your children, you need to fill out Form 35.1: Affidavit (decision-making responsibility, parenting time, contact). You have to answer some personal questions about your family situation and tell the court about your suggested .

Divorce

If you or your partner are asking for a , the forms you fill out depend on whether you're:

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