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How Bankruptcy Affects Support Payments

Bankruptcy isn't always a scary thing. It usually works out to help the person getting support and makes it easier for the payor to pay the support. Find out how.

Self-rep alert! 7 things that judges hate

Judges are like get a rest of us. There are things they like and things they don't like. When you’re trying to convince them to agree with you, it's useful to do the things they like, and avoid the things they don't. Here are seven things judges have told us they hate.

6 Bright Ideas to do Better if You’re Representing Yourself in Family Court

Acting for yourself in family court? Check out 6 smart ways every self-rep can be more effective.

Revised Users Guide for the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

It's been more than 6 years since the "New and Improved User's Guide". Check here for the 2016 Revised User's Guide.

3 Great Sites to Help You Present Oral Argument

3 Great Sites to Help You Present Oral Argument Here are 3 terrific sites to help you prepare and present [...]

Self-Rep Info from Nolo (Lots of good stuff)

Self-Rep Info from Nolo (Lots of good stuff) Nolo is an American business which sells a lot of [...]

How to Complete a Financial Statement in Ontario (MySupportCalculator)

How to Complete a Financial Statement in Ontario (MySupportCalculator) MySupportCalcualtor is a site with a fast and easy [...]

What are Flat Rate (or Fixed) Fees? And why should I care? (Joel Miller)

What are Flat Rate (or Fixed) Fees? And why should I care? (Joel Miller) This article outlines what lawyers mean [...]

Experiences of Ontario Family Litigants with Self-Representation (Birnbaum and Bala)

Experiences of Ontario Family Litigants with Self-Representation (Birnbaum and Bala) It’s not easy being a self-rep Professors Rachel Birnbaum and Nicholas Bala have been in the vanguard of Canadian academics looking at what being a self-represented family law litigant means for the professionals in the family law system and for the self-reps themselves. “Many of those who don’t have lawyers are unable to afford lawyers and are concerned about the effects of lack of representation on outcomes, including on their relationships with children and issues of domestic violence.” This paper looks at the experiences and perceptions of litigants in the family justice system in Ontario, both those with and without lawyers, about issues related to self-representation and access to justice. “A significant minority, however, report that they have chosen not to have representation, and lack of financial resources was not the prime reason for this; many in this group do not believe that a lack of representation will have a negative effect on their outcomes.” This is the first Canadian study to directly explore the experiences and opinions on access to family justice issues from the perspective of family litigants. If you’re interested in what the studies show about how self-reps feel about the current system and how well they do, this is a great article to read. […]

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project – Final Report

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project - Final Report The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented [...]