Niagara region lawyers, judges and social service workers gathered recently to mark the official opening of the new Welland Family Law Service Centre. The centre provides enhanced services to low-income people struggling with family law matters such as separation, child custody and access and support payments. Clients can visit the centre, located across from the Welland courthouse, for assistance in filling out paperwork, preparing documents and obtaining summary advice. The centre was established to help meet a growing need for family law services in Niagara and across the province.
Welland family court Justice Eileen Martin spoke at the opening event, calling the centre a “wonderful new resource” for clients in the Niagara region. Staff lawyer Tracy Pybus explained the importance of the new centre, “When you’re dealing with a family that’s breaking down and you don’t know how to plead your case, you need to get proper support or visitation rights for your children. That’s the most important thing and that is what we are here to help with,” she said.
Welland’s new Family Law Service Centre is the seventh such centre that LAO has opened in Ontario during the past couple of years.
The one-stop-shop model has been successfully established in Toronto, North York, Brampton, Sarnia, Newmarket and Chatham.