Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Mediation (Alberta)

Province/Territory
Alberta

Type of service
Mediation

Services offered
Family Mediation is a voluntary, facilitative process. Mediators assist parties to communicate, negotiate and cooperate and to focus on the needs of the child(ren) when resolving parenting disputes. The mediator is an impartial third party who provides an opportunity for participants to talk about important issues in a safe, confidential environment. Parties in mediation are encouraged to work collaboratively and avoid the adversarial court process. All agreements reached through mediation are outlined in a Mediation Report. Mediation Reports are not legally binding and may be used to inform a Consent Order.

Issues that may be addressed in Family Mediation:

  • Parenting plans
  • Contact issues
  • Guardianship
  • Communication
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Some non-complex property matters.
Child Protection and Intervention Mediation is a joint venture between Resolution and Court Administration Services and Alberta Human Services. When a child or youth is assessed to be in need of intervention by a caseworker from Human Services, the child, youth, guardians, foster parents and/or others with a significant connection to the child may not agree about the decisions that need to be made. Child Protection and Intervention Mediation is an option to resolve these disputes, providing an opportunity for the participants to talk about important issues in a safe, confidential environment.

Family Mediation and Child Protection and Intervention Mediation may occur via telephone or video conferencing when appropriate and available.

Both Family Mediation and Child Protection and Intervention mediation utilize a screening process. Lawyers may attend mediation with their clients.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Resolution and Court Administration Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

How to access this service
Family Mediation referrals can be made by the client, their lawyer, a Family Court Counsellor, or Justices of the Court of Queen’s Bench and Judges of the Provincial Court.

Child Protection and Intervention Mediation referrals are made through Resolution Services Intake or through Human Services.

Location(s)
Family Mediation and Child Protection and Intervention Mediation are available throughout Alberta.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English

Publications/information
Resolution Services Mediation
Children and Youth Services Mediation

Costs
Family Mediation - is available at no cost provided there is at least one child under the age of 18, and one or both parents earn less than $40,000 per year.

Child Protection and Intervention Mediation – There is no cost to the parties.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Child Protection and Intervention Mediation - Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA)

Contact person(s)
Resolution and Court Administration Services Contact Centre

1-855-738-4747



Alberta Human Services:

Calgary and area
8:15am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm
Open Mon-Fri, closed statutory holidays
(403) 297-6981

Edmonton and area
8:15am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm
Open Mon-Fri, closed statutory holidays
(780) 427-8432

Other areas in Alberta
8:15am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm
Open Mon-Fri, closed statutory holidays
(780) 427-8350

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