Topics in this section

Family law legislation
Related provincial and federal legislation.

Family law information & child support assistance
Access to assistance on obtaining child support information and calculation.

Mediation & counselling services
Services provided by Resolution and Court Administration Services as options to formal court proceedings.

Child Support Recalculation Program
Recalculation of support amounts based on income tax information.

Courses / seminars for parents & families
Courses to help parents designed to help them work together while living apart.

Justice process (family law)
Diagram of the family law court process.

Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP)
Spousal and child support enforcement.

Alberta's Family Law Act

Family Justice Services

The Family Law Act was proclaimed on October 1, 2005. The Act is part of the Alberta Justice's Family Law Strategy aimed at creating a simple, integrated and effective family law system that promotes the well-being of children and families. A number of amendments to the Family Law Act came into effect on August 1, 2011.

 The Family Law Act:

  • updates family law, and makes it easier and simpler for Albertans to understand
  • reflects the current needs of families
  • protects the best interests of the child when families break down
  • encourages parents to work together to reduce the effect of conflict on children, and the emotional and financial costs to families when relationships break down
  • supports, where appropriate, ways of resolving conflicts outside the court room
  • addresses issues in many areas of family life important to Albertans and is supported by services to assist families, as well as streamlined court procedure
  • The Family Law Act does not address child welfare matters including adoptions under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, children’s property under the Minor’s Property Act, division of matrimonial property under the Matrimonial Property Act, and divorces under the federal Divorce Act