We know from countless studies and reports that Canada's justice system is failing low-income families. The system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. Approximately 50-80% of people involved in a family law dispute opt to self-represent (to "go it alone") in a system premised on the expectation that both parties will have the benefit of a trained advocate. In short, families are suffering during what is often described as the worst time in their lives.
PBSC, in partnership with Legal Aid Ontario, aims to combat the family justice crisis by providing free support to families in need. Through our award-winning Family Law Project (FLP), our volunteers provide free legal information, help fill out court forms, and assist self-represented litigants navigate the legal system.
In 2019, PBSC's FLP volunteers assisted over 1,200 self-represented litigants across Ontario. This included filling out over 2,330 court forms and providing 2,080 hours of pro bono support directly to families in need. Approximately 97% of FLP clients in our survey sample indicated that they would recommend FLP services to others.
HIGH DIVORCE RATE
A 2015 study found that approximately 40% of marriages will end in divorce.
The cost of a two-day trial
is estimated to be over
$30,000 as of 2015.
50-80% of Canadians involved
in a family law dispute opt to self-represent.