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Family Law And The Courts

Family Law matters are dealt with in one or more of three different Nova Scotia Courts, depending on the nature of the matter and on where the litigants live.

If you live outside the Halifax or Cape Breton Regional Municipalities and you are seeking a divorce or the division of property, you will go to the Supreme Court in the nearest community. more information >>

If you live outside the Halifax or Cape Breton Regional Municipalities and you have Family Law matters to deal with other than divorce and division of property, you will go to the Family Court in the nearest community. more information >>

If you live inside the Halifax or Cape Breton Regional Municipalities,and you have any Family Law matters to deal with, you will have to go to the Supreme Court Family Division courthouse. more information >>

NOTE:
Family Law matters that involve children (custody, access, etc.)
are heard in the Court and the courthouse closest to where the children live.

To find contact information and maps for the Nova Scotia Coiurts,
go to Court Locations/Maps and click on a city/town.

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Family Law Information On-line

A number of justice system organizations have collaborated to develop and maintain a comprehensive, user friendly website for all things family law.

You will find it here: Family Law Nova Scotia

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Family Law Information In-person

NOTE:

The hours of operation at the FLIP Centre in the courthouse on Devonshire Ave. in Halifax are being extended.

As of Monday, April 14th, 2014, the Centre will be open
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday

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There are two "in-person" Family Law Information Program Centres in Nova Scotia; one in Halifax at the Supreme Court Family Division courthouse on Devonshire and another one in Sydney at the courthouse on Charlotte. These Centres were formerly referred to as "FLICs".

The Centres offer:

  1. information about the family court process and services as well as other family court topics such as divorce and separation, parenting arrangements (child "custody and access"), and child/spousal support
  2. referrals to community agencies and programs which can offer further help
  3. family law information workshops and seminars on various family law topics

In Sydney, FLIP Centre is located at:

Sydney Justice Centre
Harbour Place, Main Level
136 Charlotte Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 1C3

Phone: (902)563-5761

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(closed for lunch, usually from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

 

In Halifax, the FLIP Centre is located at:

Supreme Court (Family Division)
Lower Level
3380 Devonshire Ave.
Halifax, NS
B3k 5R5

Phone: (902)424-5232

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (to 4:30 pm, starting April 14, 2014)

*** Please Note ***
FLIP Centres in both locations may be closed on certain days or have a
change of times due to court requirements.