Family and the law
Learn about Alberta's Family Law Act
Family law refers to the legal issues, rights and responsibilities of family members that are covered under Alberta's Family Law Act. This section discusses family law, marriage, separation and divorce in Alberta.
Click here to learn more about family law in Alberta or contact the offices of the Family Law Information Centre at one of the numbers listed below:
EdmontonMain Floor, Law Courts Building
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 0R2
Calgary604 J.J. Bowlen Building
620-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0Y8
Marriage, separation and divorce
Marriage Licences are available from any registry agent in Alberta. A Marriage Licence shows that you meet the requirements to get married in Alberta and gives you the legal right to get married any time within three months from the date the licence was issued.
A divorce granted by a court legally ends a marriage. Sometimes the former husband and wife continue to have legal and financial responsibilities to each other. For example, one may be required to pay support (money) to the other.
Children and divorce
In the case of separation or divorce, as parents you must continue to share legal and financial responsibility for the children. A lawyer can help you work out parenting arrangements, including who will be responsible for making important decisions about the children and where they will live.
If you cannot agree on how to share these responsibilities, the matter may be settled in court. For example, if parents cannot agree on who will have custody of the children, divorce law gives judges some basic principles to consider when making a decision. The best interests of the children come first and divorce can be difficult for a child. Click here for useful tips on how to help your child live with separation or divorce.
Counselling may help a couple stay together by improving their relationship or, if necessary, to end the relationship as peacefully as possible. Immigrant-serving agencies, community health nurses and family doctors can refer you to counselling agencies.
Doctors, clinics and hospitals
Look here for information about Alberta's health care system, with links to help you find services.
Date Updated: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:08:29