Choose your Court based on your circumstances and where you live .....

If you live in the Halifax Regional Municipality or in Cape Breton .....

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

you will go to the Supreme Court Family Division for all family law matters.
This includes if:
you are married
you are living common law
you are registered domestic partners
you have never lived together and are unmarried
you are a grandparent, stepparent, or another third party who wants the Court to make an order about custody, access, or child support


If you live outside the Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton .....

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Here is a website that offers more information relating to the law, the processes, and the services that make up family law in Nova Scotia. It will help you understand your family law issue and will provide tools to help solve your problem.

Click on the column graphic above.
you will go to the Supreme Court in the nearest community if:
you are married and dealing with the Divorce Act and/or the Matrimonial Property Act
you are divorced and dealing with the Divorce Act
you need to divide a pension under the Pension Benefits Act (Nova Scotia), Pension Benefits Standards Act (Canada), or some other pension legislation
you are seeking an annulment
you are living common law and are dealing with the division of property and/or the division of a pension under the Pension Benefits Act (Nova Scotia), Pension Benefits Standards Act (Canada), or some other pension legislation


you are registered domestic partners and dealing with the Matrimonial Property Act
and/or the division of a pension under the Pension Benefits Act (Nova Scotia) or
some other pension legislation
If you live outside the Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton and you have any family law matters to deal with (other than divorce and division of property), you will go to theFAMILY COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA >> NOTE: While the Civil Procedure Rules apply generally to proceedings in the Family Division of the Supreme Court, PART 13 - FAMILY PROCEEDINGS >> is of particular relevance.

Family Law Information Program
(in-person help)

If you would rather discuss your situation with someone in-person, the courthouse in Sydney and the Family Division courthouse in Halifax have in-person Family Law Information Program Centres (FLIP).



Services of the Court

A number of services are provided in the Family Division. Some are intended to give parties an opportunity to resolve family disputes outside of the Court process when appropriate. Others are intended to reduce the conflict and tension that families experience when going through separation or divorce or dealing with family conflicts. Learn more about the SERVICES OF THE COURT >>

E-Court Pilot Project

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) is participating in an e-court pilot project that offers an online platform for judicial adjudication and decision making, case management and settlement conferencing. Developed in part with the assistance of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the National Family Law Program, the project provides legal counsel the opportunity to engage in real time, online exchanges with a judge for dispute resolution. It is the first online judicial dispute resolution service in the country.


Right now, the e-court project is available in Halifax only, for matters involving counsel for both parties. The goal is to eventually include access for self-represented litigants.


Counsel interested in receiving e-court training should email Natasha Matthews, Coordinator of Policy & Compliance for the Department of Justice - Court Services Division at

Training Materials

~ Overview of E-Court and Consent Form

~ Draft Order Instructions
~ Types of E-Court Cases
~ Civil Procedure Rule 59A
~ E-Court Frequently Asked Questions

Child Protection, The Court, and Your Family

The Court offers a video which is intended to help you understand what happens when the Child Protection Agency becomes involved in your family life. The video and the booklet that comes with it will answer some of your questions.What has happened? Where are your children? When can you see them? What can you do to make sure your family stays together? If your children have been taken into care, what do you need to do to have them returned to you?

To view the video in English

To view the video in the Mi'kmaq language


Representing Yourself in the Supreme Court Family Division

Everybody is entitled to represent themselves in the Courts (except in Bankruptcy Court where you act through a Trustee in Bankruptcy). However, there are often many forms and documents to be filled out, witnesses to subpoena, and so on. If you are not familar with legal and court procedures, and with the law as it applies to your case, then you may want to reconsider self-representation. If you are considering representing yourself in the Supreme Court Family Division, here are some materials that may be of use.

  Aperçu de la Division de la famile
  La procédure juridique : Questions et réponses
TERMS & DEFINITIONS USED IN FAMILY LAW >>   Termes et définitions utilisés en droit de la famille en Nouvelle-Écosse
CONCILIATION - A FIRST STEP >>   La conciliation : Premère étape
  Information pour les parents soucieux du bien-être de leurs enfants
  Évaluations parentales
  Se représenter soi-même dans un tribunal - Liste d'information

"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 >>

Additional useful information, practical materials, and links to other hepful websites
for people who are considering representing themselves in court can be found

Justices of the Court

Judges who sit in the Supreme Court Family Divsion are known as "Justices". The Court has an Associate Chief Justice and 18 other Justices. For more information, including a list of Justices currently sitting in the Court CLICK HERE >>