FAQs - Ontario Family Law Court Procedures
Q - What is appropriate courtroom behaviour?
Q - I’ve attended at a Case Conference and my spouse and I are unable to reach an agreement on any issue. I need child support on a temporary basis, at the very least. Who can bring a motion?
A - Anyone who is a party to a case, or anyone who is affected by a case (other than a child) can bring a motion. In order to bring a motion, you must serve and file a Notice of Motion and an Affidavit (a sworn statement providing the evidence in support of your request). The materials must be served no later than 4 days before the motion date and filed with the court no later than 2 days before the motion date.
Please note that in the Toronto Superior Court, it is also necessary to file another document (“Factum”) summarizing the contents of the motion record and the arguments and law to be relied on at the hearing.
You must also file a form 14C confirmation, confirming your plan to attend court no later than 2 days before the motion date.
Q - My spouse has served me with an Application.
How long do I have to file an Answer?
Q - My spouse is claiming child support. What
documents do I have to attach to my financial statement?
Q - Must I file any documents for my Case
As with a motion, please remember that you must also file a Confirmation (form 14C) no later than 2:00pm two days before the Case conference, confirming your attendance with the court.
Q - My matter has been ongoing and I am unable
to reach a settlement with my spouse. How long does it take to get
a trial date?