Webinars


Child Support: Dealing with a Difficult Ex-partner

After a review of basics about child support, this webinar explores common challenges and tips when dealing with a difficult or abusive ex-partner. METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson is joined by Charley Levitan, a family law lawyer at the law firm Torkin Manes. Charley practices exclusively in the area of family law with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution and domestic agreements.  She has a breadth of experience dealing with child support claims and custody and access claims both in and out of the context of domestic violence. She has appeared at the Superior Court of Justice and has assisted in mediations and arbitrations of family law matters.

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Conditional Permanent Residence: What a Sponsored Spouse Needs to Know

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is about the new immigration program called Conditional Permanent Residence, which went into effect on October 25, 2012. We will talk about the program from the perspective of the potentially negative impact it will have on women who come to Canada as sponsored spouses or partners.

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Conflict, Court or Another Way?: Different Ways to Resolve a Family Dispute

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at a variety of ways to settle issues about children, property, and support, when a woman ends the relationship with her partner. What are the pros and cons of mediation, arbitration, and court, especially when there is or was abuse in the family?

Download the PDF


Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

This webinar looks at the family and social context of young Aboriginal women and some legal considerations to help social service providers they may work with. METRAC’s Legal Director is joined in conversation with Emily Hill, Senior Staff Lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

Download the PDF



Dealing with the Children's Aid Society: What Parents Should Know

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society. This webinar looks at the child protection process from the point of view of parents who are dealing with the CAS.

Download the PDF


Financial Support After Breakup: What Women Should Know about Spousal and Child Support

When a relationship breaks down, women and children may have rights to financial support from the other partner/parent.
This webinar covers basics about who is entitled to support for themselves and their children after a family breakup, how amounts are calculated, and how to start the process.

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Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts

This webinar reviews basic immigration terms and pointers for women who are not Canadian citizens and whose status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship. Covers understanding immigration status, getting control of the immigration file, and where to look for help.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar

Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts - revised June 11, 2012 from CLEO Webinars on Vimeo.


Immigration, Women, and Children: Part II - Sample Situations

This webinar is Part II of a two-part review of issues related to immigration, women, and children. It discusses situations involving immigration and family issues that may arise for non-citizen women and their children. It looks at situations such as non-citizen women with Canadian-born children, and sponsorship when relationships break down. Those not already familiar with basic concepts related to immigration status should review Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts (below).

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Looking for a Family Law Lawyer

This webinar is designed for community workers and advocates who support women in finding a family law lawyer. It is a discussion about where to look for a family law lawyer, how to choose and work with one, and some options for clients who aren't satisfied. The discussion will focus on issues primarily from a woman's perspective, and consider options for low income women, women in abusive partnerships, women whose first language is not English, and women with disabilities.

Download the PDF


After Bill S-7: Women and New Laws Affecting Marriage

Recorded on January 29, 2016 - Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act was passed last year. It makes changes to law affecting forced and underage marriage, and may have immigration effects for women in polygamous relationships. In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC's Legal Director Tamar Witelson and guest lawyer Silmi Abdullah look at the new law, and examine how it may raise safety concerns for women.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Property Rights and Obligations of Married and Co-habiting Partners (Updated March 2013)

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the Ontario rules for division of family property, for married and co-habiting couples following relationship breakdown. Topics include the equalization payment, the matrimonial home, and issues for surviving spouses.

Download the PDF


Protecting Women's Rights to the Family Home on Reserves: Important Changes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Women

This webinar addresses recent changes to the law with the goal of providing better safety, and access to the family home, for women and children living on First Nations reserves. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women have new property rights on reserve when their relationship breaks down. Hosted by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director of METRAC, and Emily Hill, Senior Lawyer of Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto.

Download the PDF


Separation Agreements:  A Plan to Move On After Separation

This webinar looks at what a Separation Agreement is, what makes it legal, what it can and should include, and how it can help a woman structure money, child custody and visitation issues with an ex-partner.  Family law practitioner Sandra Jackson, of the law firm Torkin Manes joins METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson for this discussion. Sandra Jackson practices exclusively in the area of family law and has experience assisting clients draft separation agreements to resolve various issues including child custody and access, division of property and support payments.  She also has a Master’s degree in social work, and has worked as a child protection worker and hospital social worker.

Download the PDF



Spousal Support Basics and Partner Abuse

This webinar looks at the basic questions of who can get spousal support, and the factors affecting the amount of payments and for how long.  The discussion also includes how domestic abuse or violence, during or after the relationship, can affect spousal support payments and some ideas to ensure fairness and safety. Jenna Beaton is an associate at Martha McCarthy & Company, where she practices exclusively in the area of family law.  Jenna represents clients on a wide range of family issues, both in and outside of Court.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Teenage Mothers and the Children's Aid Society: What Young Mothers Should Know about the Child Protection Process

This is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society (CAS) geared toward the rights of young women. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain of Jain Family Law and Mediation discusses what teenage mothers should know if the CAS has concerns about the safety of their child(ren), in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.

Download the PDF


The Crisis of Aboriginal Women Entangled in the Criminal Law

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the high and increasing rate of Aboriginal women in prison, some root causes, and best practices for supporting Aboriginal women involved in the criminal law process.

Download the PDF


The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims

In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012. METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Sudabeh Mashkuri, to talk about how an adjudicator will consider information in the BOC form, and some issues relevant to women exposed to violence who are making a refugee claim.

Download the PDF


The Victim/Witness Assistance Program: A Support for Women Victims of Violent Crime

In this webinar in the series on Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), the V/WAP program to support victims and witnesses going through the criminal court process is discussed. Looking at how women complainants of sexual assault and domestic violence may receive support as the victim or witness in the trial process.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Understanding the Children's Aid Society Process - From the Inside

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series covers the basics of how the Children's Aid Society (CAS) system works, to give service providers and families an understanding of how they may take part in the process.

Download the PDF


When Charges are Laid in a Domestic Dispute - What to Expect

This webinar looks at the legal process when criminal charges are laid in a domestic dispute. It covers the complete process, from police involvement to the resolution of the case, and what women can expect, whether they are the complainant or the accused.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


When the Children's Aid Society Gets Involved: What Can a Child/Youth Expect?

This webinar is the first of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society (CAS) geared toward the rights of young women. It looks at the child protection process, focussing on youth rights and realities when they are the person that the CAS is concerned may be in need of protection. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain of Jain Family Law and Mediation discusses what young people should know about being involved in the child protection process, in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.

Download the PDF


Your Day in Family Court: How to Prepare and What to Expect

This webinar looks at the Family Court process and reviews which court to go to depending on your family law issue, some common court terms, the steps leading up to trial, and how to work with your lawyer outside and inside the courtroom. METRAC’s Legal Director is joined by practicing family law lawyer, Jenna Beaton, from the law firm Martha McCarthy & Company.

Download the PDF


The Partner Assault Response Program ( PAR): A Part of the Domestic Violence Court System

Recorded on March 8, 2016 - If you or your partner has been charged with domestic assault, there is a good chance that the resolution will involve the accused person attending the Partner Assault Response Program (PAR). What is it? What does it involve? How can it help women who have been assaulted by their partners? Find out from this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series. METRAC's Legal Director Tamar Witelson talks with guest Jo-Anne Miller, an experienced PAR program facilitator.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Victim Impact Statements: A role in the justice system for women survivors of domestic and sexual assault

Recorded on April 6, 2016 - Crime victims have the right to be involved in the sentence that is imposed on the offender whose crime affected their life. When does a woman survivor of sexual assault or intimate partner violence get to prepare a Victim Impact Statement? What can she say in it? And who can help her prepare it? This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, explains what's new about Victim Impact Statements. It is presented by Tamar Witelson, METRAC's Legal Director, who is joined by Sarah Marshall, a manager in the Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Download the PDF




FAMILY LAW FOR WOMEN IN ONTARIO, CANADA
This page is meant to give you a basic understanding of legal issues. It is not a substitute for individual legal advice and assistance. If you are dealing with family law issues, get legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights. Unfortunately, FLEW is not able to provide individual legal assistance.

For more information about how to find and pay for a family law lawyer, see our page on “Finding Help with your Family Law Problem”.

Last updated: March 2014

The views expressed in these materials are the views of FLEW and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.

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Webinars


Child Support: Dealing with a Difficult Ex-partner

After a review of basics about child support, this webinar explores common challenges and tips when dealing with a difficult or abusive ex-partner. METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson is joined by Charley Levitan, a family law lawyer at the law firm Torkin Manes. Charley practices exclusively in the area of family law with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution and domestic agreements.  She has a breadth of experience dealing with child support claims and custody and access claims both in and out of the context of domestic violence. She has appeared at the Superior Court of Justice and has assisted in mediations and arbitrations of family law matters.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Conditional Permanent Residence: What a Sponsored Spouse Needs to Know

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is about the new immigration program called Conditional Permanent Residence, which went into effect on October 25, 2012. We will talk about the program from the perspective of the potentially negative impact it will have on women who come to Canada as sponsored spouses or partners.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Conflict, Court or Another Way?: Different Ways to Resolve a Family Dispute

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at a variety of ways to settle issues about children, property, and support, when a woman ends the relationship with her partner. What are the pros and cons of mediation, arbitration, and court, especially when there is or was abuse in the family?

Download the PDF


Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

This webinar looks at the family and social context of young Aboriginal women and some legal considerations to help social service providers they may work with. METRAC’s Legal Director is joined in conversation with Emily Hill, Senior Staff Lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

Download the PDF



Dealing with the Children's Aid Society: What Parents Should Know

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society. This webinar looks at the child protection process from the point of view of parents who are dealing with the CAS.

Download the PDF


Financial Support After Breakup: What Women Should Know about Spousal and Child Support

When a relationship breaks down, women and children may have rights to financial support from the other partner/parent.
This webinar covers basics about who is entitled to support for themselves and their children after a family breakup, how amounts are calculated, and how to start the process.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar (Child Support)

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar (Spousal Support)


Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts

This webinar reviews basic immigration terms and pointers for women who are not Canadian citizens and whose status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship. Covers understanding immigration status, getting control of the immigration file, and where to look for help.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar

Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts - revised June 11, 2012 from CLEO Webinars on Vimeo.


Immigration, Women, and Children: Part II - Sample Situations

This webinar is Part II of a two-part review of issues related to immigration, women, and children. It discusses situations involving immigration and family issues that may arise for non-citizen women and their children. It looks at situations such as non-citizen women with Canadian-born children, and sponsorship when relationships break down. Those not already familiar with basic concepts related to immigration status should review Immigration, Women, and Children: Part I - Basic Concepts (below).

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Looking for a Family Law Lawyer

This webinar is designed for community workers and advocates who support women in finding a family law lawyer. It is a discussion about where to look for a family law lawyer, how to choose and work with one, and some options for clients who aren't satisfied. The discussion will focus on issues primarily from a woman's perspective, and consider options for low income women, women in abusive partnerships, women whose first language is not English, and women with disabilities.

Download the PDF


After Bill S-7: Women and New Laws Affecting Marriage

Recorded on January 29, 2016 - Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act was passed last year. It makes changes to law affecting forced and underage marriage, and may have immigration effects for women in polygamous relationships. In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC's Legal Director Tamar Witelson and guest lawyer Silmi Abdullah look at the new law, and examine how it may raise safety concerns for women.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Property Rights and Obligations of Married and Co-habiting Partners (Updated March 2013)

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the Ontario rules for division of family property, for married and co-habiting couples following relationship breakdown. Topics include the equalization payment, the matrimonial home, and issues for surviving spouses.

Download the PDF


Protecting Women's Rights to the Family Home on Reserves: Important Changes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Women

This webinar addresses recent changes to the law with the goal of providing better safety, and access to the family home, for women and children living on First Nations reserves. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women have new property rights on reserve when their relationship breaks down. Hosted by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director of METRAC, and Emily Hill, Senior Lawyer of Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto.

Download the PDF


Separation Agreements:  A Plan to Move On After Separation

This webinar looks at what a Separation Agreement is, what makes it legal, what it can and should include, and how it can help a woman structure money, child custody and visitation issues with an ex-partner.  Family law practitioner Sandra Jackson, of the law firm Torkin Manes joins METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson for this discussion. Sandra Jackson practices exclusively in the area of family law and has experience assisting clients draft separation agreements to resolve various issues including child custody and access, division of property and support payments.  She also has a Master’s degree in social work, and has worked as a child protection worker and hospital social worker.

Download the PDF



Spousal Support Basics and Partner Abuse

This webinar looks at the basic questions of who can get spousal support, and the factors affecting the amount of payments and for how long.  The discussion also includes how domestic abuse or violence, during or after the relationship, can affect spousal support payments and some ideas to ensure fairness and safety. Jenna Beaton is an associate at Martha McCarthy & Company, where she practices exclusively in the area of family law.  Jenna represents clients on a wide range of family issues, both in and outside of Court.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Teenage Mothers and the Children's Aid Society: What Young Mothers Should Know about the Child Protection Process

This is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society (CAS) geared toward the rights of young women. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain of Jain Family Law and Mediation discusses what teenage mothers should know if the CAS has concerns about the safety of their child(ren), in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.

Download the PDF


The Crisis of Aboriginal Women Entangled in the Criminal Law

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the high and increasing rate of Aboriginal women in prison, some root causes, and best practices for supporting Aboriginal women involved in the criminal law process.

Download the PDF


The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims

In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012. METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Sudabeh Mashkuri, to talk about how an adjudicator will consider information in the BOC form, and some issues relevant to women exposed to violence who are making a refugee claim.

Download the PDF


The Victim/Witness Assistance Program: A Support for Women Victims of Violent Crime

In this webinar in the series on Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), the V/WAP program to support victims and witnesses going through the criminal court process is discussed. Looking at how women complainants of sexual assault and domestic violence may receive support as the victim or witness in the trial process.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Understanding the Children's Aid Society Process - From the Inside

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series covers the basics of how the Children's Aid Society (CAS) system works, to give service providers and families an understanding of how they may take part in the process.

Download the PDF


When Charges are Laid in a Domestic Dispute - What to Expect

This webinar looks at the legal process when criminal charges are laid in a domestic dispute. It covers the complete process, from police involvement to the resolution of the case, and what women can expect, whether they are the complainant or the accused.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


When the Children's Aid Society Gets Involved: What Can a Child/Youth Expect?

This webinar is the first of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society (CAS) geared toward the rights of young women. It looks at the child protection process, focussing on youth rights and realities when they are the person that the CAS is concerned may be in need of protection. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain of Jain Family Law and Mediation discusses what young people should know about being involved in the child protection process, in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.

Download the PDF


Your Day in Family Court: How to Prepare and What to Expect

This webinar looks at the Family Court process and reviews which court to go to depending on your family law issue, some common court terms, the steps leading up to trial, and how to work with your lawyer outside and inside the courtroom. METRAC’s Legal Director is joined by practicing family law lawyer, Jenna Beaton, from the law firm Martha McCarthy & Company.

Download the PDF


The Partner Assault Response Program ( PAR): A Part of the Domestic Violence Court System

Recorded on March 8, 2016 - If you or your partner has been charged with domestic assault, there is a good chance that the resolution will involve the accused person attending the Partner Assault Response Program (PAR). What is it? What does it involve? How can it help women who have been assaulted by their partners? Find out from this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series. METRAC's Legal Director Tamar Witelson talks with guest Jo-Anne Miller, an experienced PAR program facilitator.

Download the PDF

Download Key Legal Terms for this Webinar


Victim Impact Statements: A role in the justice system for women survivors of domestic and sexual assault

Recorded on April 6, 2016 - Crime victims have the right to be involved in the sentence that is imposed on the offender whose crime affected their life. When does a woman survivor of sexual assault or intimate partner violence get to prepare a Victim Impact Statement? What can she say in it? And who can help her prepare it? This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, explains what's new about Victim Impact Statements. It is presented by Tamar Witelson, METRAC's Legal Director, who is joined by Sarah Marshall, a manager in the Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Download the PDF





FAMILY LAW FOR WOMEN IN ONTARIO, CANADA
This page is meant to give you a basic understanding of legal issues. It is not a substitute for individual legal advice and assistance. If you are dealing with family law issues, get legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights. Unfortunately, FLEW is not able to provide individual legal assistance.

For more information about how to find and pay for a family law lawyer, see our page on “Finding Help with your Family Law Problem”.

Last updated: March 2014