Marriage and Divorce

Are you going through a major life change? Here you will find information about marriage, separation, and divorce, including resources on dividing up matrimonial property and changing your name.

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

You may also find helpful resources listed under these legal topics: Marriage, and Divorce and separation


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, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Spousal support

This guide was developed for frontline service providers in Alberta who work with vulnerable individuals. It provides general legal information on Alberta law only.

Related legal topic(s): Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Family violence general resources, Protective orders, Spousal support

These video resources have been  produced by Alberta Justice - Resolution Services to assist Albertans going through the divorce process.  - There are four vidoes which provide information on the following:

  1. A guide to divorce where there are dependent children, one spouse prepares the paperwork, and the other spouse is served with that paperwork. This video tells you about: what an uncontested divorce is.
  2. A guide to divorce without dependent children, one spouse prepares the paperwork, and the other spouse is served with that paperwork. This video tells you about: how to fill in the Statement of Claim for Divorce.
  3. A guide to divorce where there are dependent children, both spouses do the paperwork together, and come to the courthouse together.
  4. A guide to divorce where there are no dependent children, both spouses do the paperwork together, and come to the courthouse together.
Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources

Sometimes married couples and common-law spouses may want to  consider a separation agreement when their relationship ends. An agreement will help outline:

  • Division of Property
  • Spousal Support
  • Understanding Assets and Liabilities
  • Custody and Guardianship
  • Child Support

This checklist and information sheet covers many of the topics that you may want to include in your separation agreement. The checklist is a publication of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and forms part of their Families and the Law Series.

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

Alberta Resources

Family Justice Services are a group of programs and services offered by Alberta Justice in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. Family Justice Services works directly with individuals and also with the judges of the Alberta Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench to help people get appropriate solutions for their family law issues. The site provides information on a variety of issues such as the Family Law Act, formsand quick links for lawyers, family law kits and court information, child support assistance, online learning,  courses and seminars for parents, mediation and dispute resolution services, etc. Programs are available to qualifying parties either at no cost or for a nominal charge. FJS offices are located throughout the province.

Related legal topic(s): Family law general 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 resource is from the Student Legal Services and includes information about; Your Legal Name; Changing Your Own Name (including getting married or Adult Interdependent Relationship); Naming Your Child; and Changing Your Child's Name and Referral Numbers (related to changing your name). This resource is also available to downloaded as a PDF.

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

You may obtain the kit which contains the forms required, plus information on how to get the process started from most stationary stores and also the Queen's Printer Bookstore located in Edmonton and Calgary. Note: The item must be ordered; it cannot be downloaded.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation

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. Includes information about: Vocabulary; Should I Get A Divorce?; Can I Get A Divorce?; Reasons Why A Judge May Not Let You Get A Divorce; How Can I Get A Divorce? - Your Options; Can I Get A Divorce In Alberta?; Steps In A Divorce. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.
Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation

These links are provided by the Government of Alberta and are intended for those who are considering or are going through divorce. There are links related to: Mediation; Finding a Lawyer; Finding Your Own Legal Information; Filing for Divorce; Ordering a Divorce Certificate; Changing Your Name; Changing Your Address; Child Support; Government Financial Assistance Programs; Custody and Access; Counselling and Assistance; and Family Violence Help and Prevention Resources.
Related legal topic(s): Child support, Custody and access, Divorce and separation

This online resource is provided by Service Alberta. It contains information about: Before You Get Married; Contacting a Marriage Officiant; Marriage Ceremony Requirements; Civil Ceremonies; Religious Ceremonies; as well as information about: Marriage Documents; Married Last Name; Marriage Commissioner Listing; Marriage Licenses; Marriage Officiants; Ordering Marriage Certificates and Documents; Permanent Marriage Commissioner Appointments; Registration of Marriages; Religious Organizations and Clergy Registration; Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointments; and a link to the Vital Statistics Office.

Related legal topic(s): Marriage

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton.  Includes information about what Marriage is and property within a Marriage. This resource is also available to download as a PDF.
Related legal topic(s): 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

These FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers to questions about the laws related to getting married in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Marriage

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: Background; Eligibility; Procedure; Division Of Property; Matters To Be Considered In The Distribution Of Property; Property Held Outside Alberta; Possession of the Matrimonial Home; Marriage and Separation Agreements. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation

Albertans now have the choice of taking Parenting After Separation in person or as an eCourse. This eCourse is a six hour seminar offering information to parents about separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children. Separating or divorcing parents who live near a judicial centre and have issues concerning child support or parenting time may access this service.

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

Canada/Federal

This booklet from Family Law Education for Women explains alternative dispute resolution and when to use it in dealing with family law issues. (PDF - 8 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Family law general resources, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

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