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Court Locations

Your first step in initiating a court proceeding is to file your Application. Information on filling out your Application is provided in the “Forms” section of the part of this website devoted to your issue (See Separation Forms, Divorce Forms, Child Custody and Access Forms, Child Support Forms, Spousal Support Forms, or Division of Property Forms.)

You should file your application in the municipality where you reside; or, if the case deals with child custody or access, in the municipality where the child ordinarily resides.

Once one spouse has filed an application in a court location, all further matters relating to that case must be filed and heard at that location. (Note that if you are seeking to file an application for divorce, you must have lived in the jurisdiction for one year prior to bringing your application.)

Below is a list of court locations in the Greater Toronto Area.

Brampton Superior Court & Ontario Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario St.
Ph: 905-456-4700
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Durham Region Superior Court of Justice, 150 Bond St East, Oshawa.
Ph: 905-743-2620
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Milton Superior Court & Ontario Court of Justice, 491 Steeles Ave East.
Ph: 905-878-7281
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Newmarket Superior Court of Justice, 50 Eagle St West.
Ph: 905-853-4809
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Toronto Superior Court of Justice, 393 University Ave.
Ph: 416-327-2064
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Ontario Court of Justice, 311 Jarvis St.
Ph: 416-327-6868
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Ontario Court of Justice, 47 Sheppard Ave East.
Ph: 416-327-2064
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If you reside in a municipality that has a Unified Family Court, that court has jurisdiction to hear all family law matters, and you should file your Application there. If, however, your jurisdiction does not have a Unified Family Court, there will be a separate Ontario Court of Justice location and a Superior Court location. Jurisdiction for family law matters is divided between the two courts, and you must choose the court that has jurisdiction to hear your matter.

Below is a list of the matters under each court’s jurisdiction:

Ontario Court of Justice Adoption and child protection
Enforcement of support provisions set out in a separation agreement or other domestic contract
Spousal support and child support matters under the Family Law Act (jurisdiction shared with the Superior Court)
Child custody and access matters under the Children’s Law Reform Act (jurisdiction shared with the Superior Court)
Superior Court of Justice All matters under the Divorce Act (divorce, and all matters relating to corollary relief, such as spousal support, child support, child custody and access)
Division of family property under the Family Law Act
Claims relating to the matrimonial home under the Family Law Act
Spousal support and child support matters under the Family Law Act (jurisdiction shared with the Ontario Court of Justice)
Child custody and access matters under the Children’s Law Reform Act (jurisdiction shared with the Ontario Court of Justice)

As you will see from the above list, for some matters (child support, child custody and access, spousal support), jurisdiction is shared. This means that you can bring your Application in either court, provided you are not also seeking a form of relief, such as divorce or property division, that is the sole jurisdiction of one of the courts. If you are able to bring your Application in either court, you may prefer to bring your matter before the Ontario Court of Justice, which has fewer fees and tends to be less procedurally complex, making it easier for self-represented litigants to navigate.