family law

Subject Resource Guide – Family Law (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The Family Law Subject Resource Guide is now available online at the at Research Resources  area of the Law Society website.

Subject resource guides provide the titles of key texts, ebooks, CPD materials, journals, legal encyclopedias, and provincial and federal legislation for a particular area of the law.  They are guides to finding the best resources for an area of the law.  The guides are intended to be used by those starting new legal research projects and to ensure that obvious resources are not missed.

Other subject guides available at Research Resources include:

The Law Society Library will continue to develop subject resource lists in every area of legal practice on a regular basis.

Family Matters Program Now Province-Wide

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld


As we posted last summer, Family Matters is a Government of Saskatchewan program aimed at minimizing the impact of separation and divorce on all family members by providing:

  • information and resources to deal with a changing family situation; and
  • assistance to resolve urgent and outstanding issues.

Launched as a pilot project in November 2014, the program was only available in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Moose Jaw. Now the program is being offered throughout Saskatchewan.

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page. Please also visit the Family Matters website.

LegalAve – Alberta Website Dealing with Family Law Issues

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legalaveLegalAve is a free website that brings together existing public legal information under a single virtual “roof” to help people in Alberta dealing with family law issues such as separation and divorce, child support, custody, guardianship, parenting time, partner/spousal support, property division, family violence, and more. The plain language website describes the law in Alberta, the process to follow (such as court forms and court hearings), and common questions about family law issues. LegalAve also has general information about navigating the legal system, including out-of-court resolution options, working with a lawyer, community legal resources, and legal aid. The “Guided Pathway” feature allows users to answer a series of questions about their legal issue and be directed only to the information that applies to them.

Visit as a starting point for family law resources in Alberta.

The website was created by the Alberta Legal Information Society (ALIS), and links to resources from organizations such as the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, Alberta Courts, Legal Aid Alberta, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Calgary Legal Guidance, Student Legal Services of Edmonton, and many more. All resources are reviewed and approved for accuracy and currency by the ALIS staff lawyer.

Family Separation and Divorce Expo

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The Government of Saskatchewan Family Matters Program has organized a family-law themed expo, “Family Separation and Divorce Expo: Bringing Community Resources Together“, in Estevan on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Meet with a lawyer, mediator or service provider to receive free, general legal and process information. All information will be kept confidential. Contact Family Matters Program for more information or to schedule a 15-minute meeting on October 15 or 16.


Family Matters: Assisting Families through Separation and Divorce

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Family Matters is a Government of Saskatchewan pilot program aimed at minimizing the impact of separation and divorce on all family members by providing:

  • information and resources to deal with a changing family situation; and
  • assistance to resolve urgent and outstanding issues.

As noted in an article by the CBC, “Family Matters, is looking to alleviate some of the shared stress that occurs in families experiencing a divorce or separation”. To access the program, the public can contact an Intake Worker to discuss their situation:

The Intake Worker gathers basic information from callers to access needs, provides relevant information and connects callers with other services. Please visit the Family Matters website for more information about the program, a list of common misconceptions about separation and divorce, and other resources.

Family Law Saskatchewan– Promoting Access to Justice (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

tip20Feb2015_1Earlier this month, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan[1] (PLEA) launched a new website called Family Law SaskatchewanFamily Law Saskatchewan was created to help individuals facing family law issues navigate the Saskatchewan Courts without a lawyer.  It should also be helpful to anyone who has questions about family law.  The website is available at

I had the privilege of attending the website launch in Saskatoon and am excited to share this resource with the Saskatchewan legal community.

The website provides background information on six common family law topics:


This information is written for members of the public without a legal background.  Helpful FAQs are provided with each of the topics.  It can help self-represented individuals decide what steps to take.  Once a self-represented individual decides how to move forward with a family law issue, the website uses the Form Wizard to create the forms needed to begin a family law case.  Family Law Saskatchewan explains,

“If you need to apply to court for divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support or to have family property divided, or you have you been served with court documents in a family law case, the free Form Wizard can help you. You will answer plain-language interview style questions and this information will be used to create the court forms you need. Through-out the process you will be provided with explanations of questions and links back to relevant parts of the information on the site. We also offer email support if you need help using the Form Wizard.”

Please note that a free user account must be created to use the Form Wizard.  An account can be created by clicking on the link on the left side of the homepage:


The Form Wizard’s questionnaire invites users to describe their situation, answer simple questions, and decide the type of family law case to initiate.


A PDF court form is produced once the questionnaire has been completed.  For example, here is a petition created by the Form Wizard:


Family Law Saskatchewan, the first website of its kind in Canada, promotes access to justice in Saskatchewan for all people.


[1] PLEA, a non-profit organization founded in 1980, provides legal information and education to the public of Saskatchewan.  More information is available at



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PLEA Family Law Saskatchewan Website

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld


PLEA has launched a new website, Family Law Saskatchewan, to provide information on a wide range of family law topics, such as grounds for divorce, child and spousal support and property division. The site is the first of its kind in Canada and PLEA states that there are three important features of the site:

  • First there is comprehensive plain-language information on topics from child support, to dividing property, parenting plans and more.
  • Second there is an interview-style questionnaire where we gather information about what the person needs to do (for example ask the court for a divorce or respond to papers served on them). The free Form Wizard then produces a unique Step-by-Step for that individual’s situation which breaks it down into manageable actions that are checked off one-by-one as they are completed.
  • Third the Step-by-Step tells them what forms they need to fill out and sends them to a plain language questionnaire for each form. Their answers are used by the Form Wizard to create a completed court form that is ready to be served and filed.  The Step-by-Step explains how to file and serve these documents.
  • Throughout people are provided with help text and links back to relevant information.

For more information, please visit the PLEA website.