Offices in Ottawa and Perth
(613) 722-1500

CONTACT US (613) 722-1500

Case Management Program Offered in Ottawa for Family Law Matters

Case Management Program Offered in Ottawa for Family Law Matters

Mann Lawyers

Posted April 14, 2015

While separating is usually riddled with conflict, there are some cases in family court that are particularly more adversarial than others.  This conflict is challenging to manage and without appropriate resources, may have a lasting impact on children if they are exposed to the conflict.  This is particularly true when there are one or more of the following issues affect the family including:

  • mental health issues present with one or both of the parties or child/ren;
  • substance or addiction problem;
  • criminal charges laid against a parent;
  • domestic abuse;
  • service provider(s) involved with the family such as the Children’s Aid Society, etc.

Compounding these issues is the fact that the court process can be slow and costly, financially and emotionally taxing on all parties, including the children.

In order to address these growing issues in family court, the Ottawa Family Court has introduced a Case Management Project (“CMP”) to deal with high conflict matters.

A family law matter that is in the court system can enter into the CMP at any time throughout court proceedings but it would be preferable to enter the program when the court case is started and before the first court appearance.

There are several advantages to the CMP including:

  • You will appear before the same Judge until your matter goes to Trial, if needed;
  • Your matter will get an earlier Trial date;
  • The parties will be referred to a service advisory group consisting of mental health professionals who will review the court documents and meet with the parties individually.  The advisory group will write a report and provide recommendations for community services available to the family.  The cost of this report (approximately $2,500.00) is now being funded by a grant received.  This report will not replace a family assessment which may be required.

In order to participate in the program, both parties will need to consent and obtain independent legal advice.  An Intake Form must be completed and submitted by both parties.  Once the advisory group report is completed, a Judge will be assigned to the court case.  This program is available to both English and Bilingual family court matters.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact me. Remember that when separating, there are options available.

More Resources

Blog |
Family Law

By: 

Posted January 26, 2023

You have made the decision to separate from your partner. Now what? You have a house, a pension, maybe you have children, debts, and an[...]
Blog |
Environmental Law

By: 

Posted January 24, 2023

The Ontario government has moved ahead with changes to the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System in support of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. [...]
Blog |
Employment, Labour, and Human Rights

By: 

Posted January 17, 2023

While each of these cases could have its own blog post, we have decided to create a list of important cases for employers to be[...]
Blog |
Employment, Labour, and Human Rights

By: 

Posted January 10, 2023

Constructive Dismissal is an incredibly important protection for Ontario employees – one that is often used successfully to enforce employment rights. If you ask members[...]
Blog |
Estate Litigation, Wills, Trusts and Estates

By: 

Posted January 4, 2023

Executing powers of attorney is an important component of estate planning and allows individuals to decide who will manage their affairs should they become incapable[...]
Blog |
Estate Litigation, Wills, Trusts and Estates

By: 

Posted December 20, 2022

Acting as an estate trustee can be a burdensome task, and it can become particularly difficult in circumstances where beneficiaries cannot be so easily found[...]

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Consent*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.