Forms to address parenting arrangements (custody/access, parenting time, contact time, interaction)

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Where do I file my application to address parenting arrangements (custody or access, parenting time, contact time, or interaction)?

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

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.

If the child is living in the Halifax Regional Municipality or Cape Breton and you are filing an application in one of these jurisdictions, you will be applying to the Supreme Court (Family Division).

If you are filing your application outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality or Cape Breton, you will be applying to the Family Court to deal with these issues.

These guidelines may not apply if you are starting a divorce, or have an active (ongoing, not yet finalized) divorce matter.

If you are already divorced, and are applying to change the custody/access order, 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.

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 an application addressing parenting arrangements?

The following information is a guideline only for what documents you may need to file for your court application for parenting arrangements. 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 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 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 filing your application to address parenting arrangements in 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 custody/access
  • Statement of contact information and circumstances Form FD1
  • Parenting Statement Form FD2A  (if you are a parent or guardian, or are addressing custody of a child or children)
  • Statement of Contact Time or Interaction Form FD2B  (if you are not a parent or guardian, or are addressing contact time or interaction with a child or children)
  • Affidavit Form 39.08 if you are applying to change a previous order OR you are filing your application on an interim, urgent or emergency basis
    • for information on what your affidavit should look like, click here
  • Personal Representation Form if you do not have a lawyer

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) Form FD13 . Please speak with court staff or a lawyer for more information.

 


If you are filing your application to address parenting arrangements 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 custody/access
  • Statement of contact information and circumstances (Form FC 1)
  • Parenting Statement (Form FC 2A) (if you are a parent or guardian, or are addressing custody of a child or children)
  • Statement of Contact Time or Interaction (Form FC2B) (if you are not a parent or guardian, or are addressing contact time or interaction with a child or children)
  • Personal Representation Form if you do not have a lawyer
  • 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 custody/access 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.)       
     
  • Personal Representation Form if you do not have a lawyer
     
  • Affidavit of Service Form 31.05                                                          

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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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