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«FAMILY LAW FOR WOMEN IN ONTARIO All Women. One Family Law. Know your Rights. Finding Help with your Family Law Problem This booklet is meant to give ...»

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2. Lawyers In Private Practice If you do not have a Legal Aid Certificate and you are paying for a lawyer’s fees yourself, it is very important to make sure that you understand how the lawyer will bill you. make sure to discuss what the lawyer will charge you for, an estimate of how much your case will cost, and whether there are different payment options, before you start working together. usually, a lawyer charges fees for the lawyer’s time, and adds on charges for other costs, such as photocopying and Court charges, from working on your case (disbursements).

You have a right to know the details about your bill at any time.

As you work on your case, it is a good idea to frequently ask how the lawyer has billed you, and when you will have to pay. Some lawyers will agree to work on a “sliding scale,” which means he or she will charge lower rates if you have a lower income.

12 flew— Family Law Education for Women FAmILY LAW FOr WOmEN IN ONTArIO What To Look For In A Lawyer When you call a new lawyer, make sure to ask if she or he has experience with family law. It is also important to look

for a lawyer who:

· has experience with domestic violence, if you have been abused · listens closely · explains things so you can understand · answers your questions · gives advice but also considers your wishes about your family problem · is comfortable if you bring a person with you for support · helps you find an interpreter, if you need one · doesn’t make you feel rushed · answers your calls within a few days · is clear about billing · will accept a Legal Aid Certificate, if you have one · will accommodate your disability · will meet you outside of the law office, if you ask · lets you bring your kids to the office, if necessary remember to be prepared and organized for your phone calls and meetings with your lawyer. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers. You may want to take notes to help you remember important points, or ask someone you trust to go with you to the lawyer’s office. You must be able to speak openly and honestly in front of that person, and be sure she or he will keep your information private.

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Be prepared for your lawyer to ask you a lot of questions. It is important to be honest with your lawyer. You should tell her or him if your partner has ever bullied or abused you. Your lawyer will be able to help you best if you give as much information as possible about your situation.

If you are more comfortable working in French, you may want to read, “French Language Services and Family Law” on the FLEW website, www.onefamilylaw.ca, or go to the Femmes ontariennes et droit de la famille (FODF) website www.undroitdefamille.ca.

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There is a greater risk of violence when an intimate relationship is ending. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you or someone you know is at risk, visit the FLEW website for information on getting support.

If you are a francophone woman living in Ontario, you have the right to access French language services in family law court proceedings. For more information regarding your rights, contact a lawyer, a community legal clinic, or the support line Femaide at 1-877-336-2433, TTY 1-866-860-7082.

You can find more information on how to access services in French on our website at www.onefamilylaw.ca or www.undroitdefamille.ca.

14 flew— Family Law Education for Women Family Law topics available in English*

1. Alternative Dispute resolution and Family Law (ENG 001)

2. Child Protection and Family Law (ENG 002)

3. Child Support (ENG 003)

4. Criminal and Family Law (ENG 004)

5. Child Custody and Access (ENG 005)

6. Domestic Contracts (ENG 006)

7. Family Law Arbitration (ENG 007)

8. Family Law Issues for Immigrant, refugee and Non-status Women (ENG 008)

9. Finding Help with your Family Law Problem (ENG 009)

10. How Property is Divided in Family Law (ENG 010)

11. marriage and Divorce (ENG 011)

12. Spousal Support (ENG 012) * This booklet is available in multiple formats and languages. Please see www.onefamilylaw.ca for more information. You can also find additional materials on the website to help you understand your family law rights.

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