Lists of forms by type of court

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Family Court

In areas outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton, there are two levels of court that deal with family law issues – the Supreme Court and the Family Court. The Family Court deals with issues such as:

  • child protection and adult protection
  • child custody and parenting arrangements, and
  • child support and spousal support on ‘non-divorce’ files

The Family Court operates using the Family Court Rules.


Supreme Court (Family Division)

The Supreme Court (Family Division) operates in Halifax, Sydney, and Port Hawkesbury, and cover the areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality and all of Cape Breton. They are sometimes called ‘unified family courts’ or the ‘Family Division.’ The Family Division deals with all family law issues, including:

  • divorce
  • adoptions
  • child protection nad adult protection
  • property and pension issues
  • child custody and parenting arrangements, and
  • child support and spousal support.

​ The Family Division operates using the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules.


Supreme Court (General Division)

In areas outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton, there are two levels of court that deal with family law issues – the Supreme Court and the Family Court. The Supreme Court deals with issues like:

  • divorce and divorce variations, and
  • property and pensions

​The Supreme Court (General Division) operates using the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules.