Marriage and Divorce

Are you going through a major life change? Here you will find information about marriage, separation, and divorce, including resources on dividing up matrimonial property and changing your name.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

You may also find helpful resources listed under these legal topics: Marriage, and Divorce and separation


CPLEA Suggested Resources

Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

CPLEA has created new resources on Family Law in Alberta in partnership with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. The five booklets in the series provide practical legal information on Child Custody and ParentingFinancial SupportProperty Division, Representing Yourself in Family Court, and Young Parents. The booklets provide information for both married and unmarried couples.  The booklets can be downloaded for free at www.cplea.ca/publications. Select Family Law from the drop down menu.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Common law relationships, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Guardianship and trusteeship, Self-representation

Canadian Law and the Modern Day Foreign Bride

Canadian Law and the Modern Day Foreign Bride is a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The website was created in collaboration with Changing Together… a Centre for Immigrant Women and is intended to address issues facing foreign brides who generally wish to enter Canada via sponsorship in the family class. The site is geared towards providing information to individuals who are: thinking of marrying and moving to Canada, in the process of having an arranged marriage with someone in Canada, coming to Canada as a mail order bride, and more….

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Marriage

These online FAQs are provided by Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. These FAQs deal with divorce and provide information regarding: Divorce Act; Grounds for Divorce; Children and Divorce; Custody; Access; Child Support; and Mobility Rights.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Spousal support

You may obtain the Alberta Divorce Kit which contains the forms required, plus information on how to get the process started from most stationary stores and also the Queen's Printer Bookstore located in Edmonton and Calgary. Note: The item must be ordered; it cannot be downloaded.. The kit contains all the information required to obtain an uncontested divorce in Alberta. It includes a step by-step guide, plus all the necessary forms specific to the laws of Alberta. All the required forms are included on a CD-Rom. You can use this kit to process an uncontested divorce if at least one spouse has resided in Alberta for the last year; and there are no disputes over child custody, property, or spousal support.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family violence general resources

LawNow is a bi-monthly digital public legal education magazine which has been  published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta for almost 40 years.  Its articles  and columns are written in plain language and take a practical look at how the law relates to the every day lives of Canadians.In each issue, LawNow’s family law column takes a look at a specific topic in this area of law and explains it clearly and concisely.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Common law relationships, Custody and access, Family law general resources, Marriage, Self-representation, Spousal support

Sometimes married couples and common-law spouses may want to  consider a separation agreement when their relationship ends. An agreement will help outline:

  • Division of Property
  • Spousal Support
  • Understanding Assets and Liabilities
  • Custody and Guardianship
  • Child Support

This checklist and information sheet covers many of the topics that you may want to include in your separation agreement. The checklist is a publication of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and forms part of their Families and the Law Series.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources

Alberta Resources

This group of programs and services is offered by Alberta Justice in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. This webpage provides general information for those who are representing themselves in a family matter in either Court of Queen's Bench or The Provincial Court of Alberta.

This service is for people who don’t have a lawyer. Use it to:

  • prepare for court
  • navigate your family law matter through the Provincial Court
  • discuss your issues, explore your options and get you referrals
  • get a court order prepared and filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench and then have copies sent to the other party – after a parenting-related hearing
  • review your divorce before its submitted to the Court of Queen’s Bench
Related legal topic(s): Adoption, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Self-representation, Spousal support

This resource is from the Student Legal Services and includes information about; Your Legal Name; Changing Your Own Name (including getting married or Adult Interdependent Relationship); Naming Your Child; and Changing Your Child's Name and Referral Numbers (related to changing your name). This resource is also available to downloaded as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Common law relationships, Divorce and separation, Marriage

Services and information are available for couples divorcing or separating – before, during and after. These links are provided by the Government of Alberta and are intended for those who are considering or are going through divorce or separating. There are links related to: Mediation; Finding a Lawyer; Finding Your Own Legal Information; Filing for Divorce; Ordering a Divorce Certificate; Changing Your Name; Changing Your Address; Child Support; Government Financial Assistance Programs; Custody and Access; Counselling and Assistance; and Family Violence Help and Prevention Resources.

Related legal topic(s): Child support, Custody and access, Divorce and separation

The kits are a series of plain language resources which include forms and instructions to make applications for parenting, guardianship, contact, enforecement of time with a child, child support, spousal support and other applications under the Family Law Act in Alberta. These booklets and kits are helpful to self represented litigants as they provide not only general information, but also step by step instructions and precedents.

Related legal topic(s): Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Self-representation, Spousal support

This online resource about Family law is provided by Legal Aid Alberta. It includes information about: marriage and 'common law relationships'; divorce; property rights, and guardianship of children; and explains some of the differences between a marriage and an Adult Interdependent Relationship.

Related legal topic(s): Common law relationships, Divorce and separation, Guardianship and trusteeship, Marriage

This guide was developed for frontline service providers in Alberta who work with vulnerable individuals. It provides general legal information on Alberta law only.

Related legal topic(s): Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Family violence general resources, Protective orders, Spousal support

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: Vocabulary; Should I Get A Divorce?; Can I Get A Divorce?; Reasons Why A Judge May Not Let You Get A Divorce; How Can I Get A Divorce? - Your Options; Can I Get A Divorce In Alberta?; Steps In A Divorce. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.
Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation

This online resource is provided by Service Alberta. It contains information about: Before You Get Married; Contacting a Marriage Officiant; Marriage Ceremony Requirements; Civil Ceremonies; Religious Ceremonies; as well as information about: Marriage Documents; Married Last Name; Marriage Commissioner Listing; Marriage Licenses; Marriage Officiants; Ordering Marriage Certificates and Documents; Permanent Marriage Commissioner Appointments; Registration of Marriages; Religious Organizations and Clergy Registration; Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointments; and a link to the Vital Statistics Office.

Related legal topic(s): Marriage

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton.  Includes information about what Marriage is and property within a Marriage. This resource is also available to download as a PDF.
Related legal topic(s): Marriage

These video resources have been  produced by Alberta Justice - Resolution Services to assist Albertans going through the divorce process.  - There are four vidoes which provide information on the following:

  1. A guide to divorce where there are dependent children, one spouse prepares the paperwork, and the other spouse is served with that paperwork. This video tells you about: what an uncontested divorce is.
  2. A guide to divorce without dependent children, one spouse prepares the paperwork, and the other spouse is served with that paperwork. This video tells you about: how to fill in the Statement of Claim for Divorce.
  3. A guide to divorce where there are dependent children, both spouses do the paperwork together, and come to the courthouse together.
  4. A guide to divorce where there are no dependent children, both spouses do the paperwork together, and come to the courthouse together.
Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources, Self-representation

These FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers to questions about the laws related to getting married in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Marriage

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: Background; Eligibility; Procedure; Division Of Property; Matters To Be Considered In The Distribution Of Property; Property Held Outside Alberta; Possession of the Matrimonial Home; Marriage and Separation Agreements. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation

Albertans now have the choice of taking Parenting After Separation in person or as an eCourse. This eCourse is a six hour seminar offering information to parents about separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children. Separating or divorcing parents who live near a judicial centre and have issues concerning child support or parenting time may access this service.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Family law general resources

Canada/Federal

This booklet from Family Law Education for Women explains alternative dispute resolution and when to use it in dealing with family law issues. (PDF - 8 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Family law general resources, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

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