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Agreements

  • Agreements can be verbal or written, formal or informal. You must decide what will work for you. Keep in mind:
    • - If your agreement is verbal, each of you may have a different idea about what you agreed upon. Also, you have no proof of what you had agreed upon.

      - Mediation can help the two of you reach an agreement. The mediator will write up a report showing what you have agreed to. However, this report is intended to be just between the two of you and cannot be filed with the court (unless both of you agree to do that).

      - If you each sign your agreement before your own lawyer, the lawyer will sign a certificate saying that your legal rights and obligations and the terms of the agreement were explained to you. This is called a "Certificate of Independent Legal Advice".

      -If one of you does not follow the terms of the agreement, it may be necessary to go to court to get an order that can be enforced.

  • Do I file my parenting agreement with the court?
    • No. Your agreement may be attached to an Affidavit or Statement as evidence for the court (for example, if you are applying for a divorce), but it is not filed on its own.

  • Where can I get a fill in the blank parenting agreement?
    • Because agreements are not court forms, they are not provided on this site. Family Justice Services staff are not able to help with the completion or execution of a parenting agreement.

  • When am I not allowed to use an Agreement?
    • You cannot use an agreement to change a court order.

First Time Queen's Bench Court Order by consent

Changing a Queen's Bench Court Order by consent

A court order cannot be changed by an agreement, whether written or verbal. The two of you must enter into a new court order to change the amount of support.

Changing a Provincial Court Order by consent

A court order cannot be changed by an agreement, whether written or verbal. The two of you must enter into a new court order to change the amount of support. Contact Family Justice Services to apply to change a parenting order.