Internet Resources for Families Experiencing Separation or Divorce
These links are provided for information only and Four Counties Family Court Mediation Service is not responsible for these sites.
Site for Children
• A Kids’ Guide to Separation and Divorce
Excellent, interactive site for children from British Columbia. Animated children explain (in voice and writing) different aspects of separation and divorce including: why parents separate, the law, how kids may feel, and coping tools for kids.
Sites for Teens
• A Teen Guide to Parental Separation and Divorce
Complete with soundtrack, site developed by BC Government. Addresses such issues as What’s happening and why, changes in your life, your emotions, strategies, about the law, resources and FAQ
• Justice for Children and Youth
Advice, representation, and referrals for children and young people under 18 years of age.
Sites for Adults
• Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario
Provides information about court locations, supervised access centres, the Child Support guidelines, Office of the Children’s Lawyer, and family court forms (choose “Family Justice”).
• Legal Aid Ontario
Provides information about location of legal aid offices, and the services available for family law clients (choose “Family Law Services” under search).
• Family Responsibility Office
• Department of Justice Canada
Federal Child Support Guidelines (choose "Programs and Initiatives" and scroll down to Family Justice). Also have information about parenting after divorce, family law assistance services and family violence.
• LawNet Canada
This site provides access to resources related to the legal issues surrounding separation and divorce. For example, you can search for “family law” in Ontario.
• Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
(Choose “View Materials” and then “Publications Online”)
CLEO produces clear language material on topics such as family, domestic violence, social assistance, housing, and refugee and immigration law.
• Canadian Mental Health Association
• Because Life Goes On … Helping children and youth live with separation and divorce.
This is the on-line version of the publication by Health Canada of the same name.
• Violet: Law and Abused Women
This site provides information about the legal issues that arise in the context of domestic violence. It also addresses issues such as developing a safety plan and “why I stayed”.
• Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)
Provides information on violence, violence prevention, and referrals for women and children experiencing violence.
• Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
Provides contact information for all Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario
• Four Info
Provides information about services and organizations in the four counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes.
• Healthy Families Collection, Peterborough Public Library
• Help Guide
Provides information on co-parenting
• Parenting After Separation Handbook
Published by the Ministry of the Attorney General for British Columbia