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Custody and Access


Includes laws related to custody of children after their parents’ separation, and rights of children and non-custodial parents to spend time together.

What the clients may say:
  • "My kids really miss my ex-partner, but he/she doesn’t show up for scheduled visits."
  • "My ex-partner keeps changing the time he/she will pick up our kids."
  • "I’m worried about my child spending time alone with my ex-partner because he/she was abusive when we lived together."
  • "I’m afraid my ex-partner will take our child to another country without my permission."
  • "My ex-partner and I have joint custody but he/she wants to move to another city for work."

Legal Services


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

Provides legal aid services to eligible persons. Eligibility is based on financial, and legal factors.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bonds & restraining orders;
  • Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board;
  • Conducts legal education presentations & outreach activities. 

Steps to Justice