What can I do if my partner isn’t following our separation agreement?

4. Go to court to enforce terms not related to support

To enforce anything in a that isn't about support, for example , , or , you have to go to court and start a family law court case. Decision-making responsibility and parenting time used to be called and .

Going to court can be a complicated process and it can take a lot of time. It can be stressful and expensive, but it is sometimes necessary to decide your issues.

This family law court process flowchart explains each step in a family law court case. It tells you what happens and what you have to do if you start a court case or if you're responding to a court case your partner started.

A family court makes decisions using the family law rules and laws. A judge looks at your separation agreement and the facts of your case to make decisions.

You can talk to a lawyer who can look at your documents and your situation and tell you what your choices are. They can let you know what the law says you can do and what you can get, and help you though the court process.

If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, some lawyers will provide “unbundled services” or “limited scope retainer” services. This means you pay them to help you with part of your case.

If you can't afford to hire a lawyer at all, you may be able to find legal help in other places.

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