The Family Law Centre provides child-focused programs and services for families going through separation and divorce. These family justice programs and services promote and emphasize the best interests of children.
Parenting Arrangements (Parenting Time and Decision-making responsibility)
Family Court Counsellors' Office
The Family Court Counsellors' Office provides court ordered assessments to assist the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in determining an appropriate parenting arrangement for children.
Child-focused Family Mediation
The Family Court Counsellors’ Office provides Child-focused Family 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 visitation between separated or divorced parents and children that takes place with a trained supervisor. The visit takes place at a child-centered visiting place equipped with toys and games to help make the visit positive. A supervised exchange happens when one parent brings the child to the visiting place, and the other parent picks the child up from the visiting place for parenting time; the exchange is supervised by a third party and the parents do not see each other. Please see the Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Program page for more information.
Office of the Children's Lawyer
A Children’s Lawyer acts as a legal representative for individual Island children in cases where parenting time and decision-making responsibility are at issue. The goal of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer is to protect the needs and interests of children whose parents have separated or divorced and are engaged in conflict about the parenting arrangement.
Child Support Guidelines Office
Child Support Guidelines Officers provide information on the Federal Child Support Guidelines and help people who don't have lawyers to complete the required court documents to apply for child support for the first time or to change an existing child support order.
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.
Positive Parenting from Two Homes
Positive Parenting from Two Homes is a cost-free program that provides information to parents who are separating, divorcing, or parenting from two homes. There is also a school-based program for children who are experiencing changes in their lives as a result of separation or divorce.
New Ways for Families® Program
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 be referred by the Court, Family Court Counsellors' Office of the Office of the Children's Lawyer 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