Helping parents and children through the separation process


Going through a break-up? Some things to consider.

Justice and Solicitor General’s family justice services team offers some great initiatives to help parents solve family law issues. This is the first blog post in a new series to inform Albertans about these programs and services, supporting parents as they negotiate the separation process.

Leaving a relationship is never easy, especially when you have children. Family justice services staff work hard to help ease parents and children through these challenging times.

During this period, parents are working towards reaching an agreement with their spouse or partner about caring for their children, support, and property division. But before this, parents should obtain as much information as they can about legal issues relating to their situation, and how to ensure the future safety and health of their children remains the priority.

A great first step to take is the Parenting After Separation Seminar. Parenting After Separation is a free, six-hour seminar offering information to parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children. At the end of the course, parents get a certificate of completion, which they should keep in case they need it at a later date.

Many parents consult the internet to find out about their rights and obligations, however, before embarking on any web searches, parents should know how to distinguish good information from bad. In future posts, we will provide links to reliable Alberta information.

With all this in mind, parents may want to talk to a lawyer who practices family law in Alberta. Information about how to find a lawyer is located here.

If parents want more information about the necessity of good parenting for healthy brain development in children, check out the Alberta Family Justice Learning Centre and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next post in the series.

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