Ontario Family Law Podcast

15 - Ontario Family Court Step by Step - Part 2: From First Appearance to the last court appearance before trial


Ontario Family Law Podcast - Episode 15 - The Family Court Process from First Appearance to Last Appearance before trial

15 - Family Court Step by Step - Part 2 - From First Appearance to the last appearance before trial

This episode of the Family Law Podcast is the second in a series that goes over the Ontario Family Court Process step by step.  In this episode, John goes over all the steps after filing the initial court documents (pleadings) up to the last step before trial.  There are several mandatory steps in family court proceedings starting with the Mandatory Information Session and ending with the Trial Management Conference.  If the parties cannot settle, the husband and wife will go through all the mandatory steps and possibly the option ones too.  John explains what case conferences are, what happens at case conferences, who talks, and what the judge is likely to do.  He provides similar explanations for court settlement conferences and trial management conferences. 


There are steps that are "optional" in family court proceedings, although one party can be forced to participate if the other party wants them.  These steps are motions and questioning. John explains both and lets separating couples know what to expect at each of these steps.  He sets out how all the matters the parties need to address will be handled by the court up to the trial.


The way Family Court works is a lot different than most people expect. Many people get into trouble at court for not doing things the right way.  This podcast helps to understand how the family court process works and the very basics of what each party needs to do.  This podcast will be extremely helpful to anyone headed to family court.  


Note: This podcast does not discuss the procedure for changing a final court order that has already been made.  If you need to change a final order, watch this video.

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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle or Kobo, and as an iBook for iPad, iPhone and Mac, or as a paperback from Amazon and other fine book sellers.  The Guide is an easy-to-understand explanation of the basics of all aspects of Ontario Family Law, from a description of Family Court and the other ways to resolve family law matters, to a description of the most important family law topics, to tips on how to avoid common mistakes  and succeed after separation.

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