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

Suspension of the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Process
Jul 10, 2020, 09:00 AM
Guidelines for Documents filed by Email or Digital Upload
Jul 8, 2020, 13:30 PM
Trial Triage Booking - July and August 2020
Jul 7, 2020, 10:00 AM
Notice to the Profession & Public - Wearing Masks in Courthouses
Jul 6, 2020, 10:50 AM
Protection Orders On Notice and Family Docket Court
Jul 6, 2020, 10:00 AM
Resumption of Family, Civil and Masters Hearing Lists Remotely Province-Wide
Jun 30, 2020, 15:00 PM
Rescheduling Child Support Applications and Variation Applications Adjourned by Master Orders
Jun 30, 2020, 03:00 AM
Extension of the Cap on Email and Fax Filing Fees and the Suspension of Rule 13.41(4) to September 30, 2020.
Jun 26, 2020, 15:00 PM
Electronic Without Notice Desk Applications - Family Matters
Jun 20, 2020, 11:00 AM
Remote Half Day Civil, Masters and Family Special Chambers - Province-wide
Jun 19, 2020, 09:00 AM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Notice to the Profession & Public - Handwritten Divorce Judgments - 2018-07PDF87.88 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Assignment of Matters into Case Management: Calgary and Drumheller - 2018-06PDF87.77 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - e-Notice of Restricted Access Applications - 2018-02PDF90.72 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Summer Trial Sittings 2018 - 2017-05PDF89.36 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Family Practice Note 10 - 2017-03PDF61.85 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Mandatory Early Intervention Case Conference Pilot Project - 2016-08PDF103.64 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Section 7 Orders and Enforcement - 2016-07PDF83.49 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - New Duty Grid Pilot Project - 2016-05PDF88.07 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Civil and Family Case Management - 2016-03PDF114.99 KB28 Apr, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Section 21 Disclosure Initiative Information Summary - 2016-02PDF96.82 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.