Family Law

The Family Law Centre provides child-focused programs and services for families going through separation and divorce

Visit the Family Law Navigator website to learn about supports for individuals with children at any stage of separation or divorce.  You can also use the self-navigation tool to learn about free services that can help.  You don't have to manage your family change alone.

Parenting Time and Decision-making Responsibility

Parenting Arrangement Assessments

The Family Court Conciliation Office provides court ordered Parenting Arrangement Assessments to assist the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in determining an appropriate parenting arrangement for children.

Parenting Plan Mediation

The Family Court Conciliation Office provides Parenting Plan Mediation services to parents to help settle parenting time and decision-making responsibility issues. The mediator acts as a neutral third party to help parents work out their own solutions to their problems in the best interests of their child(ren).

Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange program

Supervised parenting time is a type of parenting time between separated or divorced parents and children that takes place with a supervisor. A supervised exchange happens when one parent brings the child to the program venue, and the other parent picks the child up from the program venue for parenting time. Please see the Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Program page for more information.

Child Support

Child Support Guidelines Officers

The Child Support Guidelines Officers provides information on the Child Support Guidelines and helps people who represent themselves complete the required court documentation when they apply for child support for the first time or want to change an existing child support order. The Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act (PEI) sets up a process for making or changing child support or spousal support orders when one party lives in Prince Edward Island but the other party lives in a different province, territory, or country.

Maintenance Enforcement Program

The Maintenance Enforcement Program facilitates and enforces child and spousal support payments under the terms of a court order or agreement. Once an order or agreement has been registered with the program, support payments must be sent to the program rather than directly to the person receiving the payments. Payors who owe support arrears are subject to enforcement tools that the program can use to collect the support the payor owes.

Child Support Recalculation 

The Recalculation Officer recalculates child support payments, allowing parents to update child support according to the payor's most recent annual income without going back to court.

Child Support from Out of Province

There is a separate process for dealing with child support where one party lives in PEI and the other party lives somewhere else. Child support from out of province is dealt with through the Inter-jurisdictional Support process.

Family Law Navigator

The Family Law Navigator is a person that provides wrap-around support for individuals at any stage of separation or divorce and connects families with the resources they need. Please visit the Family Law Navigator page for more information. 

Parent Education

Positive Parenting from Two Homes 

Positive Parenting from Two Homes provides information to parents who are separating, divorcing, or parenting from two homes. In this program, parents learn to understand their own feelings and their children's needs. They also learn to develop a business-like relationship with the other parent. 

Positive Parenting from Two Homes for Kids 

Children who are experiencing changes in their lives as a result of separation or divorce may be able to take Positive Parenting from Two Homes for Kids.  This is a school-based program offered at various primary and secondary schools across the province, depending on demand.

Programming by New Ways for Families® 

Island families experiencing high-conflict separation or divorce can be referred to online or in-person training by New Ways for Families.  This training empowers parents with skills and strategies to manage high-conflict situations. Families have to receive a referral to take this training. Please see the New Ways for Families Program®  page for more information.

Who can I contact for more information?

Family Law Centre (Charlottetown)

Phone: (902) 368-6940

Published date: 
May 1, 2024
Justice and Public Safety

General Inquiries

Family Law and Court Services Division
CR McQuaid Family Law Centre
1 Harbourside Access Road
Charlottetown, PE

Phone: 902-368-6940