Family

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has sole jurisdiction over divorce and the division of property in the Province of Alberta, and presides over matters involving child and spousal support and child custody and access.

For information on filing Family Law Applications, please refer to the following flow charts:
Family Applications - Flow Chart 
Family Desk Applications - Flow Chart 

Alberta Rules of Court

The Alberta Rules of Court govern practice and procedure in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and all persons who come before the Court for the resolution of a claim; whether the person is a self-represented litigant or is represented by a lawyer.

Alberta Rules of Court (Reg 124/2010)

Family Law Steering Committee

The Family Law Steering Committee has primary responsibility for policy development in the area of family law. The mandate of the Committee is to provide support and assistance to Judges so that they may fairly adjudicate the legal issues in family law cases in a just, efficient and appropriate manner.

Family Law Announcements

COVID-19 - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Restricted Court Workspaces
Sep 21, 2021, 00:00 AM
Desk Divorce Package Checklist Requirement & Mailing/Emailing of Divorce Judgments
Sep 1, 2021, 00:00 AM
Launch of Real-Time Hearing Availability for Masters Chambers, Civil Justice Chambers and Family Docket Court - Calgary and Edmonton
Jul 14, 2021, 00:00 AM
UPDATED: Extension of the Cap on Email Filing Fees To September 30, 2021
Jun 30, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of May 31, 2021 and Following
May 28, 2021, 00:00 AM
Filing Materials at the Clerk’s Office (Court of Queen’s Bench) Masters, Civil and Family Chambers Special Applications: Deadlines and Format
May 27, 2021, 00:00 AM
Email filing issues in Calgary
May 20, 2021, 00:00 AM
Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) Handbooks for Self-Represented Litigants
May 14, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19 - Increased Access to Remote and Desk Processes
May 11, 2021, 00:00 AM
Notice of Changes to Scheduling an EPO and other Protection Order Oral Hearings (EVV) - Edmonton
May 10, 2021, 15:30 PM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Notice to the Profession & Public - Suspension of Family Practice Note 9 - 2020-08PDF144.37 KB25 Jun, 2021 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Inquiries about the Status of Reserved Decisions - 2020-07PDF160.46 KB02 Sep, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Family Applications with Written Argument - 2020-06PDF76.16 KB31 Aug, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Desk Application for Notices to Disclose - 2020-05PDF395.57 KB03 Jun, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Family Law Simple Desk Applications - 2020-04PDF341.83 KB17 Sep, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession and Public 2020-01 - Expedited Dates for Family, Civil and Surrogate Law HearingsPDF162.13 KB28 Jan, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public 2019-07 - Case Conferences before Case ManagementPDF126.41 KB05 Nov, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Requests for Refund of Daily Trial FeesPDF119.51 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Revised Family Practice Notes 7 and 8 Effective May 1, 2019PDF89.61 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Reviews Family Law Practice Note 5 and ExpansionPDF87.96 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download

International Child Abduction

In cases of high conflict separation, a situation may arise where one parent effectively abducts the child from the other parent and then leaves the country with the child. The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention), which became law in Alberta on February 1, 1987, was designed to help the parents who have been left behind to locate and retrieve their children from the abducting parent in a foreign country. Applications to return a child located in Alberta to their home country are usually brought before the Court of Queen’s Bench, which has developed the following documents to assist parties in preparing return applications.

  1. User's Guide
  2. Preparing Return Applications
  3. Return Application Flowchart
  4. Alberta Procedural Protocol
  5. Additional Resources
  6. Recommended Practices for Court-to-Court Judicial Communication

Court Directed Services

Other court-directed services are available to assist parents in resolving disputes concerning child-related issues. Parties may apply to the Court to access these services, or the Court may direct parties to these services.

Parental Conflict Intervention - in family law proceedings where child parenting time / custody / access is at issue, the Court may appoint a chartered psychologist or social worker to facilitate resolution of parenting issues quickly and effectively. At the conclusion of the parental conflict intervention, the parenting expert forwards a letter to the Court to assist the Court in determining what is best for the child. While parties are responsible for paying for the assessment, they may qualify for a subsidy to offset the costs.

For more information, consult your lawyer or refer to the Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Practice Note 7, Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Practice Note 8 and list of psychologists and social workers.

Bi-Lateral Custody Assessments - where an application for parenting time / custody / access has been filed with the Court of Queen's Bench ad resolution is not possible requiring the Court to determine best interests of the child, the parties may be referred to a parenting expert for a bi-lateral custody assessment. The parenting expert evaluates the circumstances of the parties and provides a written report of their assessment and recommendations to the Court. While parties are responsible for paying for the assessment, they may qualify for a subsidy to offset the costs.

For more information, consult your lawyer or refer to the Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Practice Note 8.

Publications

Information on upcoming Town Hall Meetings may be found on the Town Hall Meetings resource page.