Families experiencing a particularly high level of conflict related to a separation or divorce can now access support which could help them resolve issues outside the court system.
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $240,350 towards the High Conflict Information Program. This program is a specialized justice service that will better respond to the needs of families in high-conflict separation or divorce.
The High Conflict Information Program will help families learn better ways to deal with conflict, and help their children through the breakup. It will also help keep them out of court when they don’t need to be there.
The program focuses on the specific needs of parents. It looks at what’s appropriate and inappropriate behavior, how to communicate effectively, and how to reduce conflict. Parents in high conflict situations benefit from having a safe space to learn and practise practical skills to reduce conflict and develop a structured parenting and communication plan.
Some highlights from this program include the development of a Parent Information Program specific to high conflict families, the development of a High Conflict Family Law Resource Book, and the establishment of an effective high conflict case management model involving judges and court staff.
NS Environment Minister Randy Delorey (far left), on behalf of Justice Minister Lena Diab, and federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay (far right) visited the Antigonish Justice Centre Friday morning (Jan. 24) to announce a funding announcement to help families involved in high-conflict separation or divorce. The government ministers were joined by Antigonish provincial justice staff members, along with representatives of family violence and women’s group organizations.