If you are part of the Ontario Works program, we can help you to obtain the support that you are legally entitled to receive under the Family Law Act, including child and spousal support.
We can also connect you with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Family Responsibility Office, which enforces court orders for support. The Family Responsibility Office can take action against individuals who are not meeting their family responsibilities and can enforce written agreements such as separation agreements, domestic contracts and paternity agreements. Speak with your casemanager for more information about help available to you.
For more help, you are encouraged to visit a Family Law Information Centre where you can receive free information about divorce, separation and related family law issues (child custody, access, support, property division and child protection) and referrals to community resources. Both Welland and St. Catharines have Family Law Information Centres.
Legal Aid is available to low income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal matters including family disputes, immigration and refugee hearings and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments.