“This flowchart is a fantastic tool to help self-reps navigate their way through the family court system. Congratulations CLEO!”
– Joel Miller, The Family Law Coach
No question about it – CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) has one terrific website. It’s filled with all sorts of valuable information, and its Family Law section is especially great.
But now CLEO has developed a “Steps in a Family Law Case” flowchart which is the most helpful and informative step-by-step guide through a family law case anywhere.
Easy to use
At each stage you click on a box giving you information about what you should be doing – and how to go about it. There are different routes to follow if you want to consider getting help from a family law professional (collaborative family law, mediation, arbitration, mediation-arbitration, and parenting coordination) or if you want to go to court (which court you should be thinking about and why).
There are different paths if you’re the applicant (the person starting the proceeding) or the respondent (the person who is served with court papers).
The different steps set out the Rules that apply and help guide you through the forms you need.
All of this is done in plain language – easy to understand and easy to follow.
Makes knowing what to do in your case as easy as can be
One of the big problems self-reps have in family court is understanding the process. Too often they get frustrated or upset because they didn’t know the rules or understand what they were supposed to do.
With this wonderful tool, CLEO has taken a huge step forward in making available to all self-reps the “technical” things they need to know. You don’t have to hire a lawyer or spend hours going through the Family Law Rules to see what should be done, when, and how. Now you can get on with presenting your case and telling your story and stop worrying about if you’re doing it the right way.
A job well done!
All of us supporting self-reps owe a huge debt of gratitude to CLEO on this historic achievement. Congratulations CLEO!