Dispute Resolution Requirement for Family Law Extended to Regina
On March 1, the Government of Saskatchewan will extend mandatory early family dispute resolution in family law issues, such as separation and divorce proceedings, to Regina. The change, first implemented in Prince Albert last year, will gradually extend to the entire province.
Family dispute resolution processes seek to resolve family law issues without costly court proceedings. With this change, the majority of family law matters will go through an early family dispute resolution process, before moving ahead with court proceedings. Exemptions can be granted for matters in which interpersonal violence, child abduction and other extraordinary circumstances are a concern.
“We are pleased to extend this change to Regina after its successful implementation in Prince Albert,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “This change will benefit children and families, by providing more efficient process options for parents to resolve their issues.”
Family dispute resolution process options include collaborative law services, family law arbitration, family mediation, and parenting co-ordination. A list of recognized service providers can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/earlyfamilyresolution.
Low-income options are available in circumstances where other options represent a significant financial burden.
Government consulted with legal professionals, dispute resolution service providers and other stakeholders, and received positive feedback regarding early dispute resolution as an alternative to court. CREATE Justice researchers at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law also conducted a public survey that showed strong support for early family dispute resolution.