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Alberta Family Law Information Centres

Year:
1997

Description:
Alberta Justice’s courthouse centres providing legal information and referrals to litigants with family law issues.

Status:
Permanent implementation

Jurisdiction:
Alberta

Body Responsible:
Alberta Justice – Family Justice Services

Timeline:
1997: Edmonton and Calgary locations opened as pilots
2007: Red Deer and Lethbridge locations opened

Publications:
Alberta, Family Law Act, S.A. 2003, c. F-4.5.
Family Law Information Centre (website) (Alberta Justice, 2007).
Inventory of Government Based Family Justice Services: Family Law Information Services / Family Resource Centres / Family Justice Centres (Alberta) (Department of Justice Canada, 2007).

Development:
The FLICs, initially called the Child Support Centre, began as a source of information on the Federal Child Support Guidelines when they were first released. The name was changed in 2000 to the Family Law Information Centre.

The Edmonton Centre began with 2 lawyers and 2 judicial clerks providing information to the public and members of the legal profession. The Calgary Centre began with 2 lawyers and 1 clerk.

Over time, the centres expanded their services by developing information booklets, programs and courses for parents, and providing referrals.

In October of 2005, the Family Law Act streamlined the family law services in Alberta. Rather than have separate services for each court, the services were brought together under the Family Justice Services.

Purpose:
The FLICs were established in response to the growing number of family law inquires, and specifically, the growing number of self-represented litigants (SRLs) in the justice system. By providing a source of family law information for people, delays are avoided and SRLs are capable of accessing the information they require for their cases.

Description of Reforms:
FLICs are located in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, and Medicine Hat.

The FLIC provides people with information about:

  • Child Support Guidelines
  • how to calculate child support
  • how to fill out court applications regarding child support, spousal support, child custody or access.
  • how to apply for a change to a Queen’s Bench Order
  • how to oppose a family law application

Revision History:
This summary was last reviewed in Aug 01, 2012