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The Family Law website is another source of information relating to the law, the processes, and the services.

It will help you understand your family law issue and will provide tools to help solve your problem.

To access the Family Law Nova Scotia website, click on the column graphic above.

Where to Start .....

If you are not familar with legal and court procedures, and the law as it applies to your case, then you may want to reconsider self-representation. In certain limited circumstances you may qualify for a government funded lawyer. For more information, go to these websites:



Each court has different processes, rules, and forms. There are often many forms and documents to be filled out, witnesses to subpoena and so on. You should make yourself aware of these ahead of time.


"Going to Court: Self-Represented Parties in Family Law Matters"  - A Workbook

If you are planning to go to court on your own, there are things you can do to help yourself prepare and present your case. A good place to start is by reading this "GOING TO COURT" WORKBOOK >>

It contains information about:
~ getting legal advice
~ proving your case
~ what the court hearing process is like
~ what happens at the end of the court hearing

To help you to prepare your case, it also contains WORKSHEETS AND CHECKLISTS >>

The workbook was developed as a collaborative effort between the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Court Services Division, and Nova Scotia Legal Aid. It is found on the NOVA SCOTIA FAMILY LAW WEBSITE >>


Other Resources and Materials

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Family Court proceedings are governed by the FAMILY COURT ACT >>

Family Court RULES AND FORMS >>

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Find the nearest FAMILY COURT >>

Legal Research Guide On-line

This LEGAL RESEARCH WEBSITE >> provides information and links to print and on-line resources which will give you an excellent overview of the Canadan legal system and how it works.

Family Mediation Canada

The purpose of FAMILY MEDIATION CANADA >> is to promote accessible, quality mediation services for families.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

THE LEGAL INFORMATION SOCIETY >> is a non-profit organization which provides legal information (not legal advice) on all aspects of the Canadian legal processes. In addition to its website and brochures, "LISNS" offers a LEGAL INFORMATION LINE >> where you can get some information by phone. You can also access the LISNS LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE >> and get some preliminary legal advice from a lawyer for a small flat fee.

The Department of Justice

There are also more resource materials to help you represent yourself in court on the
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Links To Useful On-Line Resources

Find other websites which provide information about family law on this website's list of USEFUL LINKS >>

If You Decide to Hire a Lawyer .....

The NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS' SOCIETY >> offers information on the Province's legal profession as well as a directory of lawyers licensed to practice in Nova Scotia. The "NSBS" is the legal profession's licensing and disciplinary body in the Province.


More information and links to additional web-based resources can be found HERE >>