Family Justice Services Division
Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) delivers services that promote the timely and just resolution of family disputes within a comprehensive family justice system.
FJSD is responsible for:
Justice Access Centres help with family and civil law issues such as separation, divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt.
Dispute resolution - Division staff provide information on the rights and responsibilities of people who are separating or divorcing about:
- Family maintenance
- Alternatives for resolving disputes
- Parenting arrangements and contact with a child
Family Justice Counsellors are accredited family mediators who provide mediation and conciliation services primarily to people of modest means. FJCs also help their clients to prepare provincial court documents.
Parenting After Separation and Parenting After Separation for Indigenous Families are free online courses that take about three (3) hours to complete. They provide information that helps parents make careful and informed decisions about their separation and to ensure decisions are based on the best interest of the children, including:
- The impact of separation on you and your children
- Strategies to help your family adjust to change
- Effective ways you and your child(ren)’s other parent can communicate
- How to keep your children out of the middle of conflict
- Options for resolving family disputes, including mediation, counselling and the court process
s.211 Assessments and Reports - A limited number of assessments of parental capacity are prepared upon order of the court to assist the court in determining parenting arrangements, contact with a child, and views of the child(ren). For more information contact the Family Justice Centre location nearest you.
Rule 5 Family Justice Registry Project - A new family court case management scheme is being piloted to increase the availability of early, collaborative, non-adversarial settlement opportunities. With the assistance of federal contributions, the province provides the following services in seven communities:
- Triage Family Justice Counsellors - certified family mediators who provide assessment, information, dispute resolution, referral and case management support to applicants and respondents prior to their appearance before a judge
- Child Support Clerks - trained staff who provide assistance with income clarification and child support determination for the purpose of obtaining agreements with respect to child support