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Family Law Action Plan

The Law Society is implementing the Family Law Action Plan to improve access to justice for Ontario families.

As part of the Action Plan, the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee has launched a Call for Comment to assess a proposed model for a Family Legal Services Provider (FLSP) Licence. Comments may be submitted until Nov. 30, 2020.

The Law Society has also issued a Request for Information to gather information from accredited colleges and universities for the delivery of an educational training program to support the proposed FLSP licence. The deadline to respond is Nov. 30, 2020.

In addition to the development of the proposed licence, the Family Law Action Plan includes the action items listed below. Click on each point for more information.

  • Support and promote the expanded use of unbundled legal services and legal coaching
  • Consider experiential training for lawyer candidates in the licensing process
    The Law Society is committed to exploring how lawyer licensing candidates may provide supports for the delivery of family law services under appropriate supervision.  This initiative is being considered as part of the Dialogue on Licensing, the Law Society’s current review of the lawyer licensing process.
  • Review the conduct rules to help clarify the legal information that may be provided to unrepresented litigants by court staff
  • Background

    Convocation (the Law Society’s board of directors) approved the Family Law Action Plan, in principle, at its December 2017 meeting.

    The action plan was developed in response to the 21 recommendations outlined in the Family Legal Services Review and in consideration of the over 160 submissions received from individuals and organizations

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