7.0 Introduction

This chapter will help you improve your legal skills and build your case.  Before you start filing court forms and going to court, you need to figure out what your case is about. You already know the areas of conflict between you and your former spouse. In this chapter, you will learn about making legal arguments to support your position.

To do this, you’ll need to learn a few basic legal skills. You need to know how to conduct legal research and how to organize your evidence. You need to understand parts of the law and how the law applies to the facts of your case. With these skills, you’ll be able to start building your legal case. This chapter will take you through a step by step guide to building your case. 

This chapter will discuss:

  • Legal Skills - The Basics
  • Legal Research
  • Researching Case Law
  • Researching Cases on CANLII
  • Evidence
  • Building Your Case
  • Conclusion

Once you’ve built your case you’ll be in a better position to fill out court forms and to appear at court. The chapters after this one will focusing on helping you understand court forms , court processes and helping you prepare for going to court for appearances, hearings or trials. But before you get there let’s take a look at the legal skills you will need.