What forms do I file to address parenting arrangements?
(Decision-making Responsibility, Parenting Time, Contact Time, Interaction)
The following information is a guideline only for what documents you may need to file for your parenting application, and where you may need to file. You should check with court staff for help, or get help from a lawyer before filing your application.
Forms are posted in interactive PDF format and Word format, where available.
If you are using the interactive PDF forms, be sure to download and save them to your computer to access all the features, including instructions to guide you through what information is required from you.
If you are also looking to address child support, 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 one of each form. For example, you only need one Notice of Application and one Statement of Contact Information.
For information on what your affidavit should look like, click here.
NOTE: if you are filing an original application on an interim, urgent or emergency basis, you may require additional documents, like a Notice of Motion for Interim Relief (Family Proceeding) FormFD13 Form FD13 . Please speak with court staff or a lawyer for more information.
Where do I file my application to address parenting arrangements?
When you make an application to address parenting arrangements, you will likely have to file your application at the court nearest to where the child is living. If the child is not living in Nova Scotia, you will probably need to contact the court nearest to where the child is for information about their forms and court processes.
Please see below for locations and contact information for the Supreme Court (Family Division) in Nova Scotia. Click here for more information about the Courts of Nova Scotia.
How do I use the interactive online forms?
These forms have information bubbles that will guide you through the forms and tell you what information is required from you. To view these bubbles, make sure you download and save the form to your computer or USB stick. Once downloaded, hover your computer mouse over any coloured lines or check-boxes 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.
When you’ve completed your forms, 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 photocopies.