We want you to have the information you need to make informed legal decisions that are best for you and your family.
We understand that there can be a lot of information to go through and some concepts and terms may be new to you.
We created this page to put some excellent resources in one place for you to access. We’ve included common family law terms, resources and links to other sites. We hope it makes things a little easier for you.
Remember that this is legal information and not a replacement for actual legal advice. You must speak with a family lawyer to get legal advice about how this information may apply to you.
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Court services, resources, forms, judgments, and contact information
Alberta Justice & Solicitor General > Families
Resources and programs provided by Alberta Justice, including Family Justice Services, the Maintenance Enforcement Program and the Child Support Recalculation Program
Law Society of Alberta
Information for the public about finding and working with a lawyer, legal professional regulation, and protecting the public interest.
Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association
Information and resources about Collaborative Law in Alberta
Separation & Divorce
Divorce and Sleep – Sleep Help
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Bruce Fisher and Robert Alberti
Moving On Through Divorce
Howard Parsons and Kerry Parsons
Tug of War
Mr. Justice Harvey Brownstone
Co-parenting after Separation – A guide
Our Family Wizard – A Co-parenting Platform
Information seminar for parents about “the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children.”
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Travel Consent Letter
Government of Canada recommended consent letter for children traveling abroad.
Parent Link Centres
Parent Link Centres are located throughout Alberta and aim to provide effective and accessible parent resources. Parent Link Centres provide support to parents to help their children develop and arrive at school ready to learn. At a Parent Link Centre in their community, parents can access information about community services, obtain referrals, meet other parents and families, and take part in quality learning activities with their children. Call 780-422-3004*
Rainbows is a non-profit organization that encourages emotional healing among children grieving a loss due to death, divorce, separation, or any other painful change in their family. The loss suffered does not have to be a recent loss. Rainbows offers free peer support programs (not counselling or therapy) throughout Alberta for children. The facilitators and children are bound by confidentiality, which develops trust and provides a safe atmosphere.
Focus on Communication in Separation
This is a free, two-part group workshop offered by Alberta Family Law Information Centres to help parents going through separation or divorce talk to each other. The workshop teaches participants how to express themselves more clearly, reduce anger and misunderstanding, and prevent conversations from turning into arguments. It also provides tools to discuss and resolve the issues participants are facing.
Brief Conflict Intervention
Brief Conflict Intervention is run by Family Law Information Centres. It offers help to separated parents of young children who are unable to resolve their parenting disputes. The program provides appropriate
cases with a maximum of 10 hours of solution-focused intervention in a six- to seven-week period.
Kids Kottage Foundation
Kids Kottage Foundation promotes the health and well-being of children by supporting families in crisis and preventing child abuse and neglect. In addition to its 24-hour crisis line, it provides support for
families in crisis, safe shelter for children, child development screening, positive parenting education, and in-home follow-up support
Kara Family Resource Centre
Kara operates three family support centres in Edmonton. Its mission is to promote the healthy development of children by empowering families. Kara provides a safe environment and programs to enhance self-esteem and independence through education, role modeling, and hands-on learning opportunities. Some services provided are programs about Indigenous parenting, positive parenting, healthy cooking, and arts and crafts for kids. It also offers drop-in childcare, a women’s support group
and a parenting support group.
Calgary Counselling Centre: Children of Divorce Program
Calgary Counselling Centre is a non-profit organization that offers sessions to help children and parents adjust to changes as a result of separation and divorce. This course takes the unique approach of including both children and their parents in the therapeutic process. This 10-week program helps develop shared parenting skills, helps children adjust to their new family dynamics, and increases parents’ understanding of children’s reactions to divorce. Fees are based on a sliding fee schedule according to family gross income.
Family & Divorce Help Guide
It can be difficult to give your kids the stability and support they need when you’re on an emotional rollercoaster of your own, sorting out custody issues, or dealing with an uncooperative ex. But you can successfully navigate this unsettling time—and help your kids emerge from it feeling loved, confident, and strong.
Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce (Sesame Street)
Divorce can be a big challenge for both children and parents. Though times may be difficult, children can emerge feeling loved and supported. You can all grow through these family changes and discover just how strong you really are. You are not alone. Family, friends, neighbors, and others are there to offer support.
TedX: Impact of Divorce on Children
Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at UCSB. Most of her research focuses on how family members cope communicatively with the various challenges they face. Including communication processes related to uncertainty, loss, stress, and coping in families, with particular emphasis on post-divorce families.
Helping your Child Through a Divorce
Thousands of kids experience the stress of divorce each year. How they’ll react depends on their age, personality, and the circumstances of the separation and divorce process. Every divorce will have an effect on the kids involved – and many times the reaction is shock, sadness, frustration, anger or worry. But kids can also come out of it better able to cope with stress and become flexible, tolerant young adults.
Federal Child Support Guidelines (married and unmarried spouses)
The statute that governs child support for married and unmarried spouses.
Alberta Child Support Guidelines (unmarried spouses)
The statute that governs child support for unmarried spouses, which sets out that the Federal Child Support Guidelines also apply to unmarried spouses.
Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines
Guidelines to help make spousal support more predictable and consistent through suggested support ranges.
Maintenance Enforcement Program
Provincial program that collects and enforces child, spousal and partner support.
Child Support Recalculation Program
“Administrative service that annually recalculates court-ordered child support based on current income tax information.”
The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Program
The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Program is mandatory for all applications for child support in the Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench. If both parties agree, DRO meetings are also available on a voluntary basis for applications for child support made in the Provincial Court.
Canada Pension Plan Credit Splitting
Information and forms to split Canada Pension Plan credits.
Tax Matters Toolkit – Canadian Bar Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Legislation & Cases
Justice Laws Website (Federal Legislation)
Online source of the consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada.
Alberta Queen’s Printer (Provincial Legislation)
The official source of Alberta government laws and publications.
A free database of court judgments, tribunal decisions, statutes, and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions.
Calgary Legal Guidance
Free legal assistance, information, and advocacy to individuals experiencing financial hardship who need legal services and representation.
Student Legal Assistance
Free legal information and representation to low-income residents of Calgary and the surrounding regions.
Family Justice Services
Group of programs and services offered by the Government of Alberta, Justice and Solicitor General in collaboration with the courts of Alberta, including mediation, education, and resources.
Legal Aid Alberta
For Albertans who qualify under the eligibility guidelines, Legal Aid Alberta offers advice, brief services such as assistance in preparing court documents, and limited or full legal representation through an assigned lawyer.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Law Society’s Lawyer Referral Service provides you with the contact information of up to three lawyers who will review what legal services might help you.
Family Law Information Centre
Resources for self-represented parties, including forms and instructions.
Free service operated by Calgary Legal Guidance that provides general information on a wide variety of legal issues relating to Alberta Law.
Children Legal Education and Resource Centre
Legal support and services for children and youth.
Your Safety & Well-being
Domestic Violence Victim resources (Calgary Police Services)
Crisis line, shelter, and support resource information.
Calgary Counselling Centre
A charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians.
The Distress Centre
24-hour information and support and access to free counseling.
Child Justice – International Abduction