Gate 33 Clinic

Do you have any questions about the different aspects of family separation?

Get a 30-minute free, confidential, one-on-one meeting with a volunteer lawyer and an intervener at a Family organization near you!


Free legal clinic (French and English)


Find answers to your questions about:

  • Family Law and the judicial process*
  • Resources available for you and your child
  • How to support your child in the separation process

*Note that the lawyer will not give any legal advice


Fall 2019 MEETING SCHEDULE to come

  • To make an appointment, call 514-904-1076 ext. 603 or complete the online form
  • For the printable version of the calendar (in French)

This project is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the support of our valued partners: the Regroupement des organismes communautaires Famille autonomes des Laurentides and the Laurentides-Lanaudière Community Legal Centre.


An e-book helping separating parents


This e-book is another step in the Gate 33 project, an initiative of Justice Pro Bono, which sheds light on the right of children to have decisions affecting them made in their best interests and with respect for their rights. Based on article 33 of the Civil Code of Québec, which enshrines this principle, Gate 33 project aims to provide legal and psychosocial resources, focused on the best interests of the child, to families in the process of separation. The e-book now available to Quebec families is an essential resource for parents concerned about a smooth transition that tends to mitigate the negative impacts of separation on their children’s lives.

The e-book addresses five main themes: break-up and co-parenting, steps to take in a difficult situation, children, asset sharing and finances. available free of charge to all Quebecers, this document is intended to be a visual, simple and interactive tool. Several organizations and experts contributed to its drafting, including the Barreau du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, Éducaloi and the Association de médiation familiale du Québec.

To consult the e-book (French): Porte 33 ebook

To download the PDF (French): Porte 33 ebook


Training for lawyers (French)


On October 16, 2018, The Socio-Legal Partnership during a Separation: Ally in the Best Interests of the Child training course was held. This training was aiming at preparing the lawyers who will participate in the itinerant clinic. In return for six (6) hours of continuing education, the lawyers committed to offering three (3) hours of pro bono work in the mobile clinic.

On May 1, 2019, the Dynamics of Separation and Children’s Needs training was held to equip the lawyers and notaries participating in the clinic and offer them strategies to implement promising social-legal partnerships. The state of psychosocial research on the needs of children of separated parents and their families was discussed.