Litigating Family Law Economically: The Case Study of My Support Calculator, and Lessons for the Civil Litigation Bar
Ontario Bar Association, "Litigating Economically," The Conference Centre at the OBA, April 2012
11 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2012 Last revised: 1 May 2012
Date Written: April 30, 2012
Family law in Ontario is in crisis, due to the high costs of litigation and high number of self-represented parties. My Support Calculator is the only site in Canada that provides free and accurate child support and spousal support calculations. Providing this information to the public through legal technology could help with the burden on the court system and on litigants who are represented but end up bearing the expenses of resolving these issues on behalf of both parties. Educating the public of the complexities of family law, including support calculations, may help recapture the self-represented market through the provision of unbundled services. Similar strategies employed in other areas of litigation could also help bridge the divide between the bar and some members of the public who have resisted securing representation.
Keywords: family law, child support, spousal support, my support calculator, self-representation, unbundled services, cost considerations, family law
JEL Classification: J12, K10, K41
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