Ministry of the
Attorney General
Office of the
Children's Lawyer
Intake Form Instructions
Custody/Access Cases under
the Divorce Act and/or the
Children's Law Reform Act
Please read this page carefully before you fill out the form.
1. Only complete this Intake Form if a judge has made an order asking the Children's Lawyer to become
involved in your custody and access case.
2. Check off the box in Section 2 if you require services in French.
3. Send the completed form and signed consent form(s) to the Office of the Children's Lawyer within 14
days of the date of the Court order requesting that the Children's Lawyer become involved.
4. Do NOT attach affidavits or Court pleadings to your Intake Form.
5. Please make sure that you:
a. Answer all of the questions in this form; we will be able to make a faster decision about accepting
the case if your information is complete;
b. Sign and date the form where asked (page 1 and page 14 of Intake Form); and
c. Complete, sign and date the consent(s) to release information forms found at the end of the Intake
Form.
6. You can either:
a. Fax the form to 416-314-8050 or
b. Mail it to:
Office of the Children's Lawyer
393 University Avenue, 14
th
floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
7. Ask your lawyer to help you complete this form if you have one.
8. You must sign the Intake Form. Your lawyer cannot sign the form for you.
9. Please explain your concerns in the space provided.
10. Please print clearly and use black or blue ink if you are completing the form by hand.
11. Review the checklist at the end of the form and make sure that you have attached all of the requested
documents before sending in your Intake Form.
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12. Please keep a copy of the completed form and the fax confirmation for your records.
13. The Children's Lawyer will use the information contained in this form and any information received from
the Children's Aid Societies (CAS) to decide whether to become involved in your case and to help
provide professional services for the child(ren).
14. Please give us adequate time to process the request. We receive many requests and we process them
in the order they arrive at our office. We appreciate your patience.
15. If you have additional information that you would like added to your Intake Form, please send it to us in
writing. Make sure that you include your name, the names of any other parties and the Court file
number when you send us the additional information.
16. We will contact you or your lawyer if you have one, as soon as we make a decision about your case.
17. If we accept your case, the Office of the Children's Lawyer will assign:
a. A lawyer to represent your child or children; or
b. A clinician to meet with your family; or
c. In some cases both a lawyer and clinician.
Note about the Consents
18. It is important that you sign the consent form(s) found at the end of this form and send them along with
your Intake Form.
19. The Office of the Children's Lawyer will ask any Children's Aid Societies (CAS) to answer all five
questions found in the top half of the CAS consent form.
20. If you have any questions, please visit the Office of the Children's Lawyer website
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/ocl/), or call 416-314-8000.
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Ministry of the
Attorney General
Office of the
Children's Lawyer
Intake Form
The Court has asked the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) to provide a lawyer for the child(ren) and/or
a clinician to meet with you and the child(ren) to help the judge decide your case. Your answers will help
the Office of the Children's Lawyer decide whether it can help, and if your case is accepted, how to provide
services to your child(ren).
Section 1 - Jurisdiction
1. When is your next Court appearance? (dd/mm/yyyy)
2. What type of hearing is the case scheduled for? (Select one)
Case conference
Settlement conference
Motion
Trial
Trial management conference
Other (please specify):
3. Where is the Court? (city/town/region)
The Children's Lawyer requires that you and the child(ren) go to interviews and other meetings in the
same region as the Court that is dealing with your custody and/or access case.
In order to consider the Court's request, we need you to agree to go to those interviews and/or meetings
in the same region where the Court proceedings are taking place. Please sign below to show that you
agree to do this.
I, (Enter your full name below)
agree to attend interviews and meetings and to bring the child(ren) if required in the same region in which
the Court is located if my case is accepted by the Office of the Children's Lawyer.
Signature
Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Note that your lawyer is NOT permitted to sign this condition on your behalf.
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Section 2 - Tell us about yourself
1. Your full legal name
First Name
Middle Name Last Name
2. Maiden/ Previous names used:
3. Your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
4. You are the:
Applicant (in the case before the Court).
Respondent (in the case before the Court).
5. Your relationship to the children:
Mother
Father
Other (Please specify):
6. Current address (including postal code):
7. Telephone numbers where we can reach you:
8. What language(s) do you use for communication?
9. Do you require services in French?
Yes
No
10. The children require services in:
English
French
Other (Please specify):
NOTE: The Office of the Children's Lawyer provides services in French and English only. The Office
will arrange for an interpreter for the children, but you must arrange for your own interpreter if you
cannot speak either French or English.
11. Your lawyer's name and address:
12a. Your lawyer's phone number: 12b. Your lawyer's fax number:
13. Your lawyer's email address:
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Section 3a - Tell us about the other party
1. Full legal name
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
2. Maiden/ Previous names used:
3. Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
4. The other party is the:
Applicant (in the case before the Court).
Respondent (in the case before the Court).
5. The other party's relationship to the children:
Mother
Father
Other (Please specify):
6. Other party's current address (including postal code):
7. The other party's phone number(s):
Section 3b - Tell us about
your relationship with the other party listed in section 3a above
1. What is your current relationship to the other party in this case? (Select one)
Married
Divorced
Separated
Never lived together
Other (Please specify):
2a. When did you start your relationship?
2b. When did you separate?
3a. Have you and the other party ever attempted mediation?
Yes
No
3b. If yes, dates of mediation:
3c. If yes, name of mediator:
4. Are you and the other party currently living in the same house/home?
Yes
No
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5. Are you and the other party currently able to communicate about the children?
Most of the time
Some of the time
Through a third party
In writing only (i.e. email, letters or a log book)
Not at all
Section 4a - If there is more than one other party, tell us about them. (Add an extra sheet if
necessary. Do not complete this section if there is not more than one other party)
1. Full legal name
First Name
Middle Name Last Name
2. Maiden/ Previous names used:
3. Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
4. The other party is the:
Applicant (in the case before the Court).
Respondent (in the case before the Court).
5. The other party's relationship to the children:
Mother
Father
Other (please specify):
6. Other party's current address (including postal code):
7. The other party's phone number(s):
Section 4b - Tells us about your relationship with the other party listed in section 4a above (Add an
extra sheet if necessary. Do not complete this section if there is not more than one other party)
1. What is your current relationship to the other party in this case? (Select one)
Married
Divorced
Separated
Never lived together
Other (Please specify):
2a. When did you start your relationship? 2b. When did you separate?
3a. Have you and the other party ever attempted mediation?
Yes
No
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3b. If yes, dates of mediation:
3c. If yes, name of mediator:
4. Are you and the other party currently living in the same house/home?
Yes
No
5. Are you and the other party currently able to communicate about the children?
Most of the time
Some of the time
Through a third party
In writing only (i.e. email, letters or a log book)
Not at all
Section 5 - Tells us about the children
1. Provide the names, dates of birth and school/daycare information for all of the children involved in the
custody and access case:
Male Female First Name Middle Name Last Name
Date of Birth
(dd/mm/
yyyy)
Name of
School/
Day Care
Provider
2. If any of the children identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Aboriginal, please provide the name of the
First Nation, band or native community.
3a. Do any of the children have any special emotional, psychological, educational or physical needs?
Yes
No
I don't know
3b. If yes, please give details:
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Section 6 - Previous involvement of the Office of the Children's Lawyer
1a. Have you, any other party or the children ever been involved with the Office of the Children's Lawyer?
Yes
No
1b. If yes, who was involved:
1c. If yes, when was the OCL involved:
1d. If yes, what did the OCL provide?
Clinician
Lawyer
Both
I don't know
If a Clinician, please attach a copy of the report.
2. Describe any significant changes since the OCL's last involvement:
Section 7 - Tell us about the children's living and visiting arrangements
1a. Have you signed an agreement about custody or access?
Yes
No
If yes, attach a copy of the most recent custody and access agreement
1b. If yes, when:
2a. Has the Court made a custody or access order?
Yes
No
If yes, attach a copy of the most recent custody and access order
2b. If yes, when:
3a. If there is an agreement or order, is it being followed?
Yes
No
3b. If no, why not?
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4. What is the children's current living and visiting arrangement?
5. Describe any concerns you have about the children's current living and visiting arrangements:
6. If access is supervised, when did the supervision begin?
7. Other than the children, who else is living with you?
Full Name
Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Relationship to you
Section 8 - Tell us what orders you are asking the Court to make
NOTE: Only check off orders that you have already asked the Court to
make in your Application or Answer.
Sole custody to
Joint custody between
and
Access (please specify):
Supervised access to
Request permission to relocate with children
If yes, where would you like to relocate with children?
If yes, when would you like to relocate with children?
Prevent other party from relocating with the children
Other (please specify):
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Section 9 - Children's Aid Society (CAS) Involvement
1. Please complete and sign the Consent Form-CAS Records- Party (201811)
2. Please have any other adults/partners residing with you, sign the Consent Form-CAS Records-
Partner/Adult (201811).
(These two consent forms are at the end of this application).
1. Have you, your children or anyone who lives with you, ever been involved with a Children's Aid
Society (CAS)?
Yes
No
I don't know
2. If yes, who was involved with CAS?
3a. If yes, when was the CAS involved?
3b. If yes, name of the CAS:
3c. If yes, name of the CAS worker:
3d. If yes, worker's telephone number:
If there has been involvement with more than one CAS, attach extra pages with details of that
involvement
4. If yes, what are or were the CAS's concerns?
Neglect
Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Emotional/psychological abuse
Adult conflict
Domestic violence
Parent/ teen conflict
Other (please specify):
5. If the CAS is involved now, what is happening?
The CAS is investigating a child protection concern
There is a child protection case before the Court
We are working voluntarily with the CAS
There is a Supervision Order, placing the child(ren) with:
I don't know
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6a. Is one or more of your children currently in the care of a CAS?
Yes
No
6b. If yes, which child(ren)?
6c. If yes, when did he/she/they go into care?
6d. If yes, the child(ren) is in care under a:
Special needs agreement
Temporary care agreement
Court order
I don't know
Please attach copies of any Court orders, agreements with the CAS and any letters outlining the
CAS's involvement with your family.
Section 10 - Violence or abuse between you and any of the other parties
1. Was there violence or abuse between you and any of the other parties?
Yes
No
2. If yes, by whom?
3. If yes, when did the violence or abuse occur?
While you were together
Since separation
Currently
4. If yes, describe the type of violence or abuse between you and any of the other parties:
5a. If yes, did you tell / report the violence or abuse between you and any of the other parties to anyone?
Yes
No
5b. If yes, to whom?
6. If yes, are the child(ren) aware of the violence or abuse between you and any of the other parties?
Yes
No
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Section 11 - Violence or abuse against the child(ren)
1. Was there violence or abuse against the child(ren)?
Yes
No
2. If yes, by whom?
3. If yes, when did the violence or abuse occur?
While you were together
Since separation
Currently
4. If yes, describe the type of violence or abuse against the child(ren):
5a. If yes, did you tell the Children's Aid Society about the violence or abuse against the child(ren)
described above?
Yes
No
5b. If yes, when?
6a. If yes, did you tell the Police about the violence or abuse against the child(ren) described above?
Yes
No
6b. If yes, when?
Section 12 - Tell us about your involvement with the police
1a. Have you ever been involved with the police (e.g. arrested, charged, investigated or victim)?
Yes
No
1b. If yes, please describe (include dates):
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2a. Is there a restraining order against you currently?
Yes
No
2b. If yes, date of restraining order:
2c. If yes, date restraining order expires:
3a. Are you currently subject to a peace bond, bail conditions, parole conditions or probation conditions?
Yes
No
3b. If yes, please describe:
4a. Have you ever been convicted of criminal offence(s)?
Yes
No
4b. If yes, please list:
5a. Are you currently charged with a criminal offence(s)?
Yes
No
5b. If yes, please list:
Attach a copy of any current restraining orders, peace bonds, bail conditions
probation conditions or parole conditions.
Section 13 - Tell us what you know about the any of other parties' involvement with the police
1a. Have any of the other parties ever been involved with the police (e.g. arrested, charged, investigated or
victim)?
Yes
No
I don't know
1b. If yes, please describe (include dates):
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2a. Is there a restraining order against any of the other parties currently?
Yes
No
I don't know
2b. If known, date of restraining order:
2c. If known, date restraining order expires:
3a. Are any of the other parties currently subject to a peace bond, bail conditions, parole conditions or
probation conditions?
Yes
No
I don't know
3b. If yes, please describe:
4a. Have any of the other parties ever been convicted of criminal offence(s)?
Yes
No
I don't know
4b. If yes, please list:
5a. Are any of the other parties currently charged with criminal offence(s)?
Yes
No
I don't know
5b. If yes, please list:
If you have any copies of current restraining orders, peace bonds, bail conditions, probation
conditions, parole conditions or, please attach them to this form.
Section 14 - Tell us about health issues
1a. Are there any health issues, including mental health issues, which impact your ability to care for the
children?
Yes
No
1b. If yes, please describe:
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2a. Have you been diagnosed by a mental health professional?
Yes
No
2b. If yes, what is the diagnosis?
3a. Are there any health issues, including mental health issues, which impact any of the other parties'
ability to care for the children?
Yes
No
3b. If yes, please describe:
4a. Have any of the other parties been diagnosed by a mental health professional?
Yes
No
I don't know
4b. If yes, to your knowledge what is the diagnosis?
Section 15 - Tell us about substance abuse issues
1a. Did/ do you or the any of the other parties have a problem with substance abuse?
Yes
No
1b. If yes, please describe:
1c. If yes, what type of substance abuse?
Alcohol
Drugs (please specify):
2a. If yes, did/does the substance abuse have an impact on your relationship with any of the parties or the
children?
Yes
No
2b. If yes, please describe:
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I have attached the following documents to this form:
A copy of the order appointing the Children's Lawyer in my case;
A signed consent form to allow the Office of the Children's Lawyer to obtain information from any
Children's Aid Society that has been involved with me or my children;
Signed consent form(s) to allow the Office of the Children's Lawyer to obtain information from any
Children's Aid Society that has been involved with anyone who is currently living with me, other than
the children;
A copy of any completed custody and access assessments;
A copy of any current custody and access orders;
A copy of any current child protection orders, agreements I have entered into with a CAS or letters
from a CAS describing their involvement with me, my family or anyone living with me;
A copy of any current restraining order, probation order, peace bond or bail conditions
NOTE: I understand that if I do not include these documents, the Office of the Children's Lawyer
may not be able to provide services to my children. By signing this form, I confirm that all of the
relevant documents listed above are included with this form.
I certify that I have reviewed the contents of this form and that the information is accurate and true.
Signature
Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Please note that your lawyer is NOT permitted to sign this form on your behalf.
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Ministry of the
Attorney General
Office of the
Children's Lawyer
Party's Consent Form for Release of
Children's Aid Society Records to
the Office of the Children's Lawyer
TO: (Enter name of Children's Aid Society below)
Case Name Court File Number
I, (Enter your full name)
authorize and consent to you providing the following information about me and my children to The Office of
the Children's Lawyer:
1.Information about current investigations being conducted involving this family;
2.Information about current Society involvement with this family, which may include:
a. Voluntary Agreements;
b. Temporary Orders under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act;
c. Supervision Orders;
d. Interim Society Care;
e. Extended Society Care.
3.Information about child protection case(s) involving this family currently before the Court.
I certify that the following information is correct:
My First Name My Middle Name
My Last Name
My Maiden/ Previous Names Used:
My Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
The names and dates of birth of my children are:
First Name Middle Name Last Name
Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
I authorize The Office of the Children's Lawyer to collect, use and disclose all such information obtained
for the purpose of determining whether or not The Children's Lawyer will provide services for the child(ren)
listed on the order made by Justice: (Enter name of Judge below)
and if accepted, to begin providing services to the child(ren).
Signature
Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Consent Form - CAS Records -
Party (201811)
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Ministry of the
Attorney General
Office of the
Children's Lawyer
Partner's Consent Form for Release
of Children's Aid Society Records to
the Office of the Children's Lawyer
TO: (Enter name of Children's Aid Society below)
Case Name
Court File Number
I, (Enter your full name)
authorize and consent to you providing the following information about me and my children to The Office of
the Children's Lawyer:
1.Information about current investigations being conducted involving this family;
2.Information about current Society involvement with this family, which may include:
a. Voluntary Agreements;
b. Temporary Orders under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act;
c. Supervision Orders;
d. Interim Society Care;
e. Extended Society Care.
3.Information about child protection case(s) involving this family currently before the Court.
I certify that the following information is correct:
My First Name My Middle Name My Last Name
My Maiden/ Previous Names Used:
My Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
The names and dates of birth of my children are:
First Name Middle Name Last Name
Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
I authorize The Office of the Children's Lawyer to collect, use and disclose all such information obtained
for the purpose of determining whether or not The Children's Lawyer will provide services for the child(ren)
listed on the order made by Justice: (Enter name of Judge below)
and if accepted, to begin providing services to the child(ren).
Signature
Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Consent Form - CAS Records -
Partner/Adult (201811)
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