Family Violence & Abuse FAQs

If there are criminal charges laid against my partner, will these be dealt with at the same time as my family court matter?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

In some jurisdictions, such as Toronto, there is a special court called the Integrated Domestic Violence Court that will hear some family and criminal law matters at the same time.

However, in other jurisdictions, you will likely have to go to two courts to settle the criminal and family matters separately. This process can be very confusing, and you may receive conflicting court orders from each matter. This commonly arises is access situations.

In these situations, it is especially important to consult with a family lawyer, as one order may need to be changed so that you can act in compliance with both courts.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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