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Intake and Court Counsellors

Intake and Court Counsellor Services help guide self represented parents who need help reaching an agreement about how children will be parented after separation.

Intake Services

These services are provided by appointment to help with parenting, guardianship or contact.  The services include the following:

  • Information on options and services for resolving family issues
  • Referrals to services and programs including mediation
  • Information on the effects of separation and divorce on children
  • Help with choosing and filling out court forms to make court applications such as:
    • Parenting,
    • guardianship,
    • contact, including grandparent contact,  or
    • enforcement of parenting or contact orders
  • Help with arranging court dates

There is no cost to the parties.  At least one of the parties must live in Alberta.

Check the chart below to find out if you MUST attend an Intake appointment before filing your court application.

Location Intake is required for: Intake is optional for:
Edmonton
  • Applications dealing with Parenting, Guardianship, Contact or Enforcement in the Provincial Court
  • Family Law Act applications dealing with Parenting, Guardianship or Contact in the Court of Queen's Bench
 
Calgary
  • Applications dealing with Parenting, Guardianship, Contact or Enforcement in the Provincial Court
  • Applications dealing with child support in the Provincial Court
  • Family Law Act applications (parenting, guardianship, contact, enforcement of time or support) in the Court of Queen's Bench
Outside of Edmonton and Calgary (where Intake is available)  
  • Family Law Act applications (parenting, guardianship, contact, enforcement of time or support) in Provincial Court
  • Family Law Act applications (parenting, guardianship, contact, enforcement of time or support) in the Court of Queen’s Bench

Intake Services are provided in the following centres

Court Counsellors

Court Counsellors help with court applications in Provincial Court.  The help provided includes:

  • Information about the court process
  • Discussion with both parties outside the courtroom to see if any agreement can be reached
  • Help setting the terms of a consent order
  • Neutral presentation to the judge in court.

Court Counsellors are available in the following centres: