The Impact of the Lack of Legal Aid in Family Law Cases
This report examines the impact of the lack of access to legal aid in family law cases in Canada. The objective is to identify challenges that people face in accessing justice for family law disputes in the absence of legal aid, and to analyze the impacts of the lack of access to family legal aid on certain population groups (i.e., women, residents of rural and remote communities, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ people, official language minorities and visible minority groups).
The following research questions were asked:
What policies govern how legal aid is granted in family law cases? Are cases involving family violence treated differently, and if so, how? Are there differences in legal aid eligibility criteria, such as whether the case is proceeding under the Divorce Act or provincial legislation? Are there unique challenges to providing legal aid for family law cases? If so, what are they? What are the issues, challenges and impacts unique to providing access to justice for certain population groups, and do some groups face greater barriers than others?
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Department of Justice Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
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