Putting Children's Interest First - Federal-Provincial-Territorial Consultations on Custody and Access and Child Support

APPENDIX A:

AN INVENTORY OF GOVERNMENT-BASED SERVICES THAT SUPPORT THE MAKING AND ENFORCEMENT OF CUSTODY AND ACCESS DECISIONS

This document provides an inventory of provincial and territorial government programs that support making and enforcing child custody and access decisions. The focus is on the services that deal with divorce or separation when children are involved. These may include parent education, mediation, family-law information, legal aid, case management, child custody and access assessments, and supervised-access facilities.

The study does not intend to be scientific or statistical, nor is it a detailed accounting. Rather, members of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Family Law Committee wanted to know about the range of programs available across Canada. This knowledge will be useful in discussing the ideal mix of services to support post-separation parenting arrangements. The document also aims to encourage communication among jurisdictions by briefly providing the locations, names and phone numbers of the programs.

The following six headings reflect the nature of the material contained in this inventory:

  • Mediation, information and parent education
  • Court-based services
  • Where the child is the client
  • Supervised access
  • Relevant legislation
  • Enforcement

Only programs or services that are in force, or that had a 1999 implementation target date, are included. Programs or services that are planned but have no implementation target date are briefly mentioned, and reference material provides more complete information.

You can find this Inventory on the Department of Justice Canada website.

Copies can also be requested by calling 1-888-373-2222.

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