Experiencing a civil or family justice problem in Canada can come at a significant price. Outside of the monetary legal costs that Canadians incur when trying to resolve serious civil and family justice problems, many Canadians also pay for legal problems with high stress, emotional health problems and physical health problems. In addition, serious civil and family justice problems have also been shown to cause or exacerbate other family, personal and social problems and result in significant temporal costs that often come in the form of lost opportunity, reduced productivity, and reduced time and energy for building and maintaining family and social relationships. For Canadians with limited resources or whose location and or circumstances create additional obstacles to access information or assistance to resolve their legal problems, the cascade effect of these interconnected family, personal and social problems are especially onerous and can lead to social exclusion.
Moore, Lisa; Currie, Ab; Aylwin, Nicole; Farrow, Trevor C. W.; Gilbert-Walters, Quinlin; and Di Libero, Paul, "The Cost of Experiencing Everyday Legal Problems Related to Social Assistance" (2017). Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. 29.