Custody, Guardianship and Access

If you want to be responsible for your child's care, select the resources on child custody. If you are wondering about visitation rights with your child, you are interested in access. If you want to know more about being granted parental authority over a child, resources on guardianship will be of interest to you.

For resources about obtaining guardianship for an adult who is incapacitated, see the site section: Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.


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

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

Alberta Resources

Family Justice Services are a group of programs and services offered by Alberta Justice in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. This webpage provides general information for those who are representing themselves in a family matter in either Court of Queen's Bench or The Provincial Court of Alberta. Family Law includes all of the legal issues that arise when couples separate or when parties are parenting children together. Family Law does not include criminal charges against a family member, or issues that arise when a family member dies. This site provides general information only.

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

This online resource from Alberta Human Services relates to situations when an adult would like to become a guardian of a child to support or replace the parent. It explains private guardianship and the process of applying for a private guardianship order.

Related legal topic(s): Guardianship and trusteeship

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Topics include: Custody and Access of Children of Married Parents; Custody; Access; The “Best Interests” of the Child; Court Orders; Frequently Asked Questions. This resource is also available for download. (PDF - 8 pages)
Related legal topic(s): Custody and access

This online resource about Family law is provided by Legal Aid Alberta. It includes information about: marriage and 'common law relationships'; divorce; property rights, and guardianship of children; and explains some of the differences between a marriage and an Adult Interdependent Relationship.

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

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. This information is for  non-married parents, Adult Interdependent Partners and married parents not seeking a divorce. Topics include: Who Is A Parent?; Who Is A Guardian?; Parenting Orders; Parenting Time; The “Best Interests” Of The Child; Contact Orders; Court Orders; Frequently Asked Questions. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Common law relationships, Custody and access

Canada/Federal

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

Related legal topic(s): Aboriginal law, Aboriginal self-governance

Provides information on the various kinds of custody arrangements and provides links to Justice Canada publications which may be of use to parents going through separation or divorce.
Related legal topic(s): Custody and access

There could be many valid reasons why a parent with sole custody of his or her children might want to move to a new city or province. It could be a positive step such as a new and promising job for the parent or their new partner, or for more family support from extended family. It could be for more difficult reasons such as financial necessity or fear of the other parent. Whatever the reasons, there are legal issues that should be faced openly and in a timely manner. This resource looks at some of the  things to consider. about mobility rights. You may want to see also: Canadian Legal FAQs - Family Law - Mobility Rights. This tipsheet is produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA).

Related legal topic(s): Family law general resources