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Where do I file my application for child support?

The following information is a guideline only for where you may need to file your court application for child support. You should check with court staff for help, or ask a lawyer for advice about where you should file your application.

Where you have to file your court application may depend on where you, the other party, and perhaps the children, live. The Supreme Court (Family Division) in Halifax and Cape Breton, and the Family Court and Supreme Court in other areas of Nova Scotia, operate using different sets of court rules, and may view jurisdiction differently.

If you are filing an application for child support, you will likely have to file your application at the court nearest to where the child is living, unless you are filing your application in Halifax or Cape Breton. Check with court staff for more information.

If you are filing your application in the Halifax Regional Municipality or Cape Breton, you will be applying to the Supreme Court (Family Division).

If you are filing an application outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality or Cape Breton and are not divorced, you will be applying to the Family Court.

If you are already divorced, and are applying to change the child support, you may still have to make your application to the Supreme Court, if you are living outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality or Cape Breton. Check with court staff for more information.

These guidelines may not apply if you are starting a divorce proceeding, have an active (ongoing, not yet finalized) divorce matter, OR if one of the parties lives outside of Nova Scotia.

Please see below for locations and contact information for the Family Court and Supreme Court (Family Division) in Nova Scotia. Click here for more information about the Courts of Nova Scotia.

AMHERST JUSTICE CENTRE
16 Church Street, 3rd floor
Amherst, NS, B4H 3A6
Phone: (902) 667-2256
Fax: (902) 667-1108

ANTIGONISH JUSTICE CENTRE
11 James Street
Antigonish, NS, B2G 1R6
Phone: (902) 863-3676
Fax: (902) 863-7479
Family Court Office
Phone: (902) 863-7312
Fax: (902) 863-7479

BRIDGEWATER JUSTICE CENTRE
141 High Street
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 1W2
Phone: (902) 543-4679
Fax: (902) 543-0678
Family Court Office
141 High Street
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 1W2
Phone: 902 543-4679
Fax: 902 543-0678

DIGBY/ANNAPOLIS JUSTICE CENTRE
119 Queen Street
P.O. Box 1089
Digby, NS, B0V 1A0
Phone: (902) 245-4567
Fax: (902) 245-6722

HALIFAX FAMILY DIVISION
3380 Devonshire Avenue
Halifax, NS, B3K 5R5
Phone: (902) 424-3990
Fax: (902) 424-0562

KENTVILLE JUSTICE CENTRE
87 Cornwallis Street
Kentville, NS,  B4N 2E5
Phone: (902) 679-6070
Fax: (902) 679-6178
Family Court Office
136 Exhibition Street
Kentville, NS, B4N 4E5
Phone: (902) 679-6075
Fax: (902) 679-6081

PICTOU JUSTICE CENTRE
also serving New Glasgow
PO Box 1750, 69 Water Street
Pictou,  NS, B0K 1H0
Phone: (902) 485-7350
Fax: (902) 485-8934

PORT HAWKESBURY JUSTICE CENTRE
15 Kennedy Street, Suite 201
Port Hawkesbury, NS, B9A 2Y1
Phone: (902) 625-4218
Family Division: (902) 625-2665
Fax: (902) 625-4

SYDNEY JUSTICE CENTRE
136 Charlotte Street
Sydney, NS, B1P 1C3
Phone: (902) 563-3550
Family Division: (902) 563-2200
Fax: (902) 563-2224

TRURO JUSTICE CENTRE
540 Prince Street
Truro, NS, B2N 1G1
Phone: (902) 893-5840
Fax: (902) 893-6261

TRURO SUPREME COURT
1 Church Street
Truro, NS, B2N 3Z5
Phone: (902) 893-3953
Fax: (902) 893-6114

YARMOUTH JUSTICE CENTRE
164 Main Street
Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1C2
Phone: (902) 742-0500
Fax: (902) 742-0678
Family Court Office
Phone: (902) 742-0550
Fax: (902) 742-0678


What forms do I file for a child support application?

The following information is a guideline only for what documents you may need to file for your court application for child support. You should check with court staff for help, or get help from a lawyer to complete your documents.

You cannot 'mix and match' from the lists of forms below. As there are 3 different types of courts that deal with family law issues in Nova Scotia (Family Court, Supreme Court, and Supreme Court (Family Division)), there are 3 lists of forms below - one list for each type of court. You must only use forms accepted at the court where you are making your application.

Forms are posted in interactive PDF format Image result for pdf     and Word format , where available.

If you are also looking to address parenting arrangements, click here for those forms. If you are filing an application to address parenting arrangements and support for the same child or children, you generally only need to file 1 of each form. For example, you only need 1 Notice of Application and 1 Statement of Contact Information.


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If you are making your child support application in the Supreme Court (Family Division) in Halifax, Sydney, or Port Hawkesbury, you will likely need to file:

  • Notice of Application Form 59.07    OR    Notice of Variation Application Form 59.12 if you are applying to vary (change) a previous final court order dealing with child support
  • Statement of contact information and circumstances Form FD1
  • Statement of Income Form FD3 with attachments if you are the person paying child support, or you are asking for special expenses for child support

o   Attachments include your last 3 years of income tax returns and notices of assessment or re-assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, and documents showing your current year-to-date income (for example, your 2 most recent pay-stubs)

o  You may need other attachments, depending on your situation

o   Check with court staff for more information

  • Statement of Special or Extraordinary Expenses Form FD4 if you are asking for contributions toward special expenses for child support

o   You must include receipts for the expenses for which you are requesting a contribution. Check with the court for more information.

NOTE:  you may require additional documents, depending on your situation. Check with court staff for more information.

 


 

If you are making your child support application in the Family Court (outside of Halifax or Cape Breton), you will likely need to file:

NOTE: Though they look very similar, the forms listed below are NOT ACCEPTED IN HALIFAX, SYDNEY, OR PORT HAWKESBURY. For forms used in Halifax, Sydney, or Port Hawkesbury, see above.

 

  • Notice of Application (Form 6.02A)   OR    Notice of Variation Application (Form 6.02B) if you are applying to vary (change) a previous final court order dealing with child maintenance/support
  • Statement of contact information and circumstances (Form FC 1)
  • Statement of Income (form FC 3) with attachments if you are the person paying child support, or you are asking for special expenses for child support

o   Attachments include your last 3 years of income tax returns and notices of assessment or re-assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, and documents showing your current year-to-date income (for example, your 2 most recent pay-stubs)

o  You may need other attachments, depending on your situation

o   Check with court staff for more information

  • Statement of Special or Extraordinary Expenses (form FC 4) if you are asking for contributions toward special expenses for child support

o   You must include receipts for the expenses for which you are requesting a contribution. Check with the court for more information.

  • Affidavit (if you are filing your application on an urgent or emergency basis or more detail is required to support your application, or if you are directed to file an affidavit by a Family Court Officer or judge)
    • for information on what your affidavit should look like, click here
       

 


 

If you are divorced, and are filing for a change of your child support order in the Supreme Court outside of Halifax or Cape Breton, you will likely need to file:

  • Notice of Application in Chambers (Variation – Family Proceeding)
    (Please note: form 5.03 Notice of Application in Chambers has been modified for use in a variation application in family proceedings. Refer to Civil Procedure Rule 5 for the basic content required for an application. 

    These versions of the Civil Procedure Rules Forms are provided for the convenience of prospective litigants. In the event of a discrepancy, the Consolidated Rules and Forms are the official versions.)

  • Affidavit (Please note: form 39.08 Affidavit has been modified for use in a variation application. Refer to Civil Procedure Rule 39 for the basic content required in an affidavit, as well as the limitations on what can be put in an affidavit. Speak with court staff for more information.)

  • Financial information

o   check with the court where you are filing your application – the following list is a guideline only

- Statement of Income Form FD3 with attachments if you are the person paying child support, or you are asking for special expenses for child support

  • Attachments include your last 3 years of income tax returns and notices of assessment or re-assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, and documents showing your current year-to-date income (for example, your 2 most recent pay-stubs)
  • You may need other attachments, depending on your situation
  • Check with court staff for more information

- Statement of Special or Extraordinary Expenses Form FD4 if you are asking for contributions toward special expenses for child support

  • You must include receipts for the expenses for which you are requesting a contribution. Check with the court for more information.

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How do I use the interactive online forms?

These forms have bubble-help text that will guide you through the forms, and let you know what information is required from you. To find the bubble-text, hover your computer mouse over any coloured lines or check-boxes (these may be blue or yellow, depending on your computer) and the information applicable to that line or check-box should pop-up in a small square. These squares will not appear on your printed forms.

Complete these forms on the computer, typing in your information, and save them to your own computer or a memory stick when you’re finished. Print them off on plain, white, letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) paper. Do not double-side the pages. You must bring the printed copies of your forms into the appropriate court for filing – you cannot submit your forms online.

You will usually need to file several copies of each of your forms. Check with court staff as to how many copies they require you to file. If you photocopy your forms at the court, there may be a fee for this. Do not double-side your copies.

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