Family and Relationships

Family law encompasses many different issues, including marriage, divorce, and custody. On this page you will find two resources that deal with a variety of family law issues. To narrow your search to a specific topic you can choose from the following list:


Suggested Resources

CPLEA has created new resources on Family Law in Alberta in partnership with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. The five booklets in the series provide practical legal information on Child Custody and ParentingFinancial SupportProperty Division, Representing Yourself in Family Court, and Young Parents. The booklets can be downloaded for free at www.cplea.ca/publications. Select Family Law from the drop down menu.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Guardianship and trusteeship, Self-representation

Canadian Law and the Modern Day Foreign Bride

Canadian Law and the Modern Day Foreign Bride is a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The website was created in collaboration with Changing Together… a Centre for Immigrant Women and is intended to address issues facing foreign brides who generally wish to enter Canada via sponsorship in the family class. The site is geared towards providing information to individuals who are: thinking of marrying and moving to Canada, in the process of having an arranged marriage with someone in Canada, coming to Canada as a mail order bride, and more….

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Marriage

These online FAQs are provided by Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. These FAQs deal with divorce and provide information regarding: Divorce Act; Grounds for Divorce; Children and Divorce; Custody; Access; Child Support; and Mobility Rights.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Common law relationships, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Spousal support

LawNow is a bi-monthly digital public legal education magazine which has been  published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta for almost 40 years.  Its articles  and columns are written in plain language and take a practical look at how the law relates to the every day lives of Canadians.In each issue, LawNow’s family law column takes a look at a specific topic in this area of law and explains it clearly and concisely.

Related legal topic(s): Family law general resources

Alberta Resources

The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act was passed during the fall 2002 sitting of the provincial Legislature and became law on June 1, 2003. This act amended several Alberta laws for people in unmarried relationships involving economic and emotional interdependency. These laws set out the financial and property benefits and responsibilities attached to these relationships. The act covers a range of personal relationships that fall outside of marriage, including committed platonic relationships where two people agree to share emotional and economic responsibilities. Includes a sample Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement (PDF - 4 pages, 2003)

Related legal topic(s): Common law relationships

On this webpage Service Alberta provides information on who is elgible, how to make a legal change of name, what are the costs involved, and what to do after you apply.

Related legal topic(s): Common law relationships, Divorce and separation, Marriage

LegalAve is a starting point for Albertans who are looking for legal information on family law. One of the main ways that visitors to the website can find information is via a Guided Pathway—a step-by-step approach that points visitors to the relevant legal information that applies to them when they answer a series of questions related to their family law issues. Areas covered include information about marriage, divorce, adoption, elder care, domestic violence, and child support. LegalAve is a project of Alberta Legal Information Society

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Family violence general resources, Marriage, Relationship violence, Self-representation