Community Legal Education in Ontario
Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)
Ontario Women’s Justice Network
Family Responsibility Office (FRO)
Victims Bill of Rights
The people of Ontario believe that victims of crime, who have suffered harm and whose rights and security have been violated by crime, should be treated with compassion and fairness. The people of Ontario further believe that the justice system should operate in a manner that does not increase the suffering of victims of crime and that does not discourage victims of crime from participating in the justice process.
As the victim of a federally sentenced offender, you have legal entitlements in accordance with by the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), which governs the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). CSC is responsible for the administration of sentences for offenders serving two years or more.
The CCRA defines a victim as someone to whom harm was done or who suffered physical or emotional damage as the result of an offence.
This information is a guide to what you, as a victim, are entitled to know, how to obtain that information, and what you can do to provide information that may affect decisions about offenders.
Ministry of Attorney General Family Law Information
Information about the laws that may affect you if you separate. Includes the care and support of your children, support for you or your spouse, and division of property
Child Support Payment Calculator to calculate support child support payments
Ministry of Community and Social Services Family Responsibility office (FRO)
The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) helps people meet their court-ordered child and spousal support responsibilities.
FRO has developed fact sheets to provide you with information about their services and the roles and responsibilities of their clients. Here are some of the many fact sheets that my interest you:
- Federal Garnishment
- Federal Licence Suspension
- Information for Support Recipients
- Registering a Support Order or Domestic Contract
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans – When parents separate or divorce, they have to put in place a parenting plan covering where the children will live, how much time the children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children. This booklet discusses different custody and access arrangements, how to get help to work out a parenting plan, and how judges and arbitrators make these decisions if the parents cannot agree. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance (2012).
Family Breakdown: What is a Legal Separation – This article looks at what legal separation is, the separation agreement and what it should cover, mediation, and the importance of seeking legal advice when separating (2012).
Webinar, Financial Support After Breakup: What Women Should Know about Spousal and Child Support, covers basics about who is entitled to support for themselves and their children after a relationship breaks down, how amounts are calculated, and how to start the process. It is presented by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), and Lindsay van Roosendaal, Family Law Lawyer, Torkin Manes LLP. Recorded on July 5, 2012. 103 minutes. PDF
Criminal and Family Law – This booklet deals with stalking, assault, and sexual assault. It explains that these kinds of abuse are against the law in Canada and describes how the law can help women who experience this kind of abuse. There is information on restraining orders, exclusive possession of the family home, terms of release, and peace bonds. The English version of this publication is also available in large print, braille, audio, and ASL (American Sign Language) from the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) web site (2010).