Resources

Separation & Divorce

Divorce and Separation – Department of Justice Canada
Provides an overview of divorce laws in Canada.

Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings
Maintains nation-wide records of divorce applications filed after July 2, 1968. If there is another divorce application involving the same two spouses, the Registry lets the courts know.

Family Matters - Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice
Helps families going through separation or divorce by providing access to Information and resources to deal with a changing family situation as well as assistance to resolve urgent and outstanding issues.

Custody & Access

Parenting after Separation and Divorce Program
Provides information sessions on the stages of separation and divorce, the impact on children and options for parenting in a way that keeps children out of parental conflict. Every person starting a family law proceeding in which custody, access or child support is an issue is required to attend parent education programming.

Social Work Unit
Carries out court-ordered custody and access assessments and operates the supervised access and supervised exchange program.

Making Plans: A Guide to Parenting Arrangements After Separation or Divorce – Department of Justice Canada
Information about how to put children’s interests first when parents are no longer together.

Create a Parenting Plan – Department of Justice Canada
Provides information about creating a parenting plan, including issues to consider and sample plans.

Help for Kids - Department of Justice Canada
Information for kids about separation and divorce as well as an online calendar for children to keep track of special events in their lives including times they spend with each parent.

Child & Spousal Support

Federal Child Support Guidelines
These are the guidelines used to determine the amount of child support.

Guidelines Step-by-Step
Provides a detailed explanation of how to apply the Child Support Guidelines to calculate the amount of child support, including line-by-line instructions and worksheets.

Child Support Tables
Simplified Child Support Tables and instructions on how to use them to determine the Table amount of child support in your case.

Child Support Table Look-up
You can input the required information (annual gross income of paying parent, number of children and province where the paying parent lives) and this program will calculate the Table amount of child support.

About Spousal Support – Department of Justice Canada
Information on the factors courts will consider when deciding whether to order spousal support.

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines
These Guidelines can be used to find a range for the amount of spousal support payable in certain situations. Courts are not required to follow these Guidelines. These Guidelines cannot be used to determine if a spouse is entitled to support.

Maintenance Enforcement Office
If you are not receiving support that should be paid under a court order or agreement you can register your support order or agreement with this Office and they will take action to enforce it.

Home & Property

Summary of The Family Property Act
Overview of the Act.

Pensions – Divorced or Separated – Service Canada
Information about dividing Canada Pension Plan contributions when couples separate or divorce.

Division of Pension Benefits on Breakdown of Spousal Relationships – Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority, Government of Saskatchewan
Provides information about dividing employer-sponsored pension plans when a spousal relationship has broken down.

Resolving Disputes

Conflict Resolution Saskatchewan
Provincial organization that can provide information to help you choose a mediator as well as listings for mediators throughout the province.

Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan
Collaborative Family Law is a client controlled process where you, your spouse and your lawyers form a settlement team.

Safety

Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Programs
Provides information about government and community-based programs throughout Saskatchewan that help families deal with abuse and violence.

Aboriginal Family Violence Programs
Provides information about community-based programs that help Aboriginal families living in urban areas deal with abuse and violence.

Domestic Violence Victims Services Programs
Provides contact information for government funded community-based organizations that provide services to women, children and families in violent or potentially violent circumstances.

Provincial Association of Transition Houses (PATHS)
Provides information about emergency shelters, second stage shelters as well as counselling and support centres and abuse help lines.

STOPS to Violence
Provincial organization dedicated to supporting partnerships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to address issues of personal and relationship violence.

Stop Family Violence - Public Health Agency of Canada
Provides information about family violence, including a referral and directory service, fact sheets, research findings and statistics.

Family Violence - Department of Justice Canada
Provides information about family violence, the laws relating to family violence and the kind of help that is available to individuals experiencing family violence.

Counsel for Children Program
May appoint a lawyer for children and
youth who are involved with the Ministry of Social Services or First Nations Child and Family Services agencies in proceedings under The Child and Family Services Act. The appointed lawyer ensures a child’s or youth’s voice is heard in child protection proceedings. The program can be accessed by court order or by referral from someone who knows the child or youth.

Parental Child Abduction – Government of Saskatchewan
Information about parental child abduction including what do if your child is abducted, signs that your child may be at risk and steps to prevent abduction.

Child Find Saskatchewan
A charitable organization that educates and advocates for the protection and rights of missing children and youth.

The International Child Abduction Act
Provincial legislation designed to assist parents whose children have been wrongfully taken out of the country.

Canada’s Missing
Canada’s national centre that assists law enforcement, medical examiners and chief coroners with missing persons investigations.

Legal Help

Legal Aid
Provides legal services to eligible individuals for family law matters including custody, access and support. Please note that Legal Aid cannot assist with family property matters.

CLASSIC
Provides legal assistance services to low income self-represented individuals with family law issues. There is no charge for this service but individuals must have first been denied Legal Aid.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan
Co-ordinates free legal services through a number of programs to assist individuals with limited means.

Family Law Information Centre
Provides legal information in the area of family law regardless of income at no cost. Self-help kits can be ordered that include the forms needed to take a family law case to court and some limited assistance in filling these forms out is provided as well. They do not provide legal advice.

Queen’s Printer
Provides free online access to Saskatchewan Legislation, Queen’s Bench Rules of Court and Forms. Material can be downloaded or printed but there is a fee to order paper copies.

Law Society of Saskatchewan
Provides information about the regulation of lawyers and the complaint process. Queen’s Bench Rules and Queen’s Bench Forms can also be downloaded from this site free of charge.

The Children’s Law Act
Saskatchewan law that deals with custody and access, variation and enforcement. Applies to parents of children whether they are married, unmarried or have never lived together.

The Child and Family Services Act
Saskatchewan law that deals with child protection and the framework for providing services to support and maintain affected families.

The Family Maintenance Act
Saskatchewan law that deals with child and spousal support. Child support provisions apply to all children regardless of whether their parents are married, unmarried or have never lived together. Spousal support provisions apply to married couple, couples that have lived together as a couple for two or more years and parents of children who are in a relationship of some permanence.

The Family Property Act
Saskatchewan law that deals with the division of family property, exclusive possession of the family home and/or household goods, as well as orders to prevent a spouse from wasting, giving away or selling family property. Applies to married couples and couples that have lived together as spouses for two years or more.

Queen’s Bench Rules Part 15: Family Law Proceedings
Rules that apply to family law court cases.

Queen’s Bench Forms
Forms to be used in family law cases.

Divorce Act
Federal legislation that deals with divorce, custody, access, child support and spousal support.