Court of Appeal Mediation Program

This program helps litigants avoid costly and time-consuming courtroom hearings. It is voluntary and is available to those who have launched an appeal in a civil or family dispute (not available in criminal appeals).

The idea is to give litigants the opportunity to resolve their differences themselves under the guidance of a Judge.

Changes to the Maintenance and Custody Act and other family law legislation

The province is helping to safeguard the best interests of children when couples are going through a separation.

The province has proclaimed changes to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which take effect immediately. The act deals with issues of custody, maintenance and access for separating couples where divorce proceedings have not begun or are not relevant.

Maritime Custody Evaluation (Assessments) Workshop

Interested in the preparation of Custody Assessments?  It is not too late to register for a free two day workshop being offered by experts in this field - Drs. Saini, Olesen and Drozd - on March 1 and 2, 2013 in Moncton, NB.  The workshop overview and registration form are below. Please note that the registration deadline of February 15, 2013 no longer applies.  Come benefit from this excellent professional development opportunity!

LISNS Divorce Fair

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia’s Divorce Fair is coming to Sydney for the first time! The Divorce Fair brings together professionals from organizations that someone in the middle of, or thinking about, separation or divorce will find helpful.

Talk one-on-one with the experts in exhibitor booths, and take in information sessions or demonstrations.  Attendees will be able to get general information, learn about available services, and even book appointments for further assistance with certain organizations.

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Supervised Access and Exchange Program

Every child has the right to have a relationship with both parents. In most cases, it is in the child’s best interests to develop and support these relationships. In some very rare cases, it may be determined that it is in the best interests of the child to have no contact with a parent. In other cases, it is determined that a child should have access to a parent, but only under the close supervision of an independent, neutral, third party.