Family Law

Family Justice Services are a group of progams and services offered by Alberta Justice in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. Family Justice Services works directly with inpiduals and also with the judges of the Alberta Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench to help people get appropriate solutions for their family law issues.

Scheduling of Special Family Law Chambers Applications (updated Aug 9, 2017) 

Court of Queen’s Bench “Family Law Practice Note #2”, effective October 1, 2015 states, in part, that any family law chambers application that will take longer than 20 minutes (but less than 60 minutes) should be set down for hearing as a “special family law chambers" application. Booking an application must be done through the clerk's office or by completing this Family Law Special booking form and submitting to edmfamily.specialapplication@gov.ab.ca.

  • The document below, showing "FLS Available Hearing Dates" only pertains to booking a 20-60 minute application, and DOES NOT apply to applications outside the hearing length guidelines set out in Family Law Practice Note #2, effective October 1, 2015.
  • One hour Special Applications are limited to 1 or 2 substantive matters.  If your application will exceed 60 minutes, you must book it through the Special Chambers Trial Coordinator at (780)422-2313.

To adjourn a 20-60 minute "family law special chambers" application that is scheduled to be heard in Edmonton, please call 780-643-1137 to speak with a Judicial clerk, who will ensure compliance with QB "Family Law Practice Note #2, effective October 1, 2015".

Please keep in mind that there may be periods of time when only two (2) matters will be scheduled, depending on availability of Justices. Every effort is made to accommodate all matters; however, there may be instances when it is not possible for all matters to proceed, and it would be prudent to check online availability on a regular basis, especially before agreeing on a date with opposing counsel.  The link further down this webpage opens a .pdf file that will display available hearing dates for the 20-60 minute “special family law chambers" applications being heard in Edmonton.

The preferred practice will be that counsel, counsel’s legal staff or a self-represented applicant (if such is the case) will review the dates that are available for booking an application before calling the clerks’ office. Once you have agreed on a date with the other party (must be consented to), that you wish to book (or adjourn to), please use the Family Law Special Booking Form.  If you do not have access to the Family Law Special booking form, you may phone the clerk’s office at (780) 643-1137 for assistance in booking an application.

Deadline dates are outlined in PN #2.  The clerk’s office no longer maintains a list of the deadline dates.  Individual parties are required to review and comply with the deadline date criteria in PN #2.   

PLEASE NOTE: Once your application is booked on the FLS Calendar, you must file your application documents with the FLS clerks' office as soon as possible (but no later than the filing deadlines indicated in PN #2) in order to secure your application hearing date.

If you fail to comply with the filing deadlines, you run the risk of having your court date struck.

 

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 his or her 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.

Title Modified Date Size
1. User's Guide 8/6/2009 42.67 KB Download
2. Preparing Return Applications 8/6/2009 80.43 KB Download
3. Return Application Flowchart 8/6/2009 41.21 KB Download
4. Alberta Procedural Protocol 8/6/2009 46.53 KB Download
5. Additional Resources 8/6/2009 33.81 KB Download
Recommended Practices for Court-to-Court Judicial Communication 9/26/2013 21.56 KB Download