Family Law

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Legal aid is available through the certificate program. A legal aid certificate allows you to receive advice and representation from a private lawyer.

  • To help you get custody of your children
  • To help you get access to your children
  • To apply for child or spousal support
  • To help you with Children’s Aid Society matters.

Clients can apply for certificates by calling LAO’s Client Service Centre.  The toll free number is: 1-800-668-8258 and press 0

No coins are required from a payphone and LAO accepts collect calls.  This service is offered in 120 languages. Clients must be legally and financially eligible for legal aid services.

Legal Aid Ontario

Hamilton-Kitchener District Office
110 King Street West, Hamilton, ON Suite 760
Robert Thompson Bldg.
Telephone: 905-528-0134
Fax: 905-528-1857

Getting Help in the Courtroom: Duty Counsel Services

Duty Counsel are lawyers assigned to courts to provide free assistance to persons who do not have a lawyer.  Look for the duty counsel office at your courthouse.

In family courts, duty counsel can give advice, review documents, represent clients in some motions and hearings and assist with settlement negotiations.

Family Court Duty Counsel can be found at:

Superior Court of Justice (Family Court)
55 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON, L8P 2Z3
Telephone: 905-645-6276
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (day of hearing only)