Child Support Services Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2007
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Court Preparation

Parenting After Separation

Family Law Act

INTENT

To help parents better understand their obligations and roles in order to meet the best interests of their child(ren) after separation.

POLICY

Introduction

Parenting After Separation seminars (PAS) have been conducted in Edmonton and Calgary since about 1995. These seminars were initially developed for divorcing parents to better understand their obligations and roles in respect to their children after separation. In 1997 the delivery of PAS was expanded to all parts of the province and to separating unmarried couples with children. The Parenting After Separation Practice Note determines the court rules governing the parties’ attendance at the PAS seminar.

Criteria for PAS Referrals for Community and Social Services Applications

Parenting After Separation – Practice Note of July 1, 2005. Effective October 1, 2005
The Practice Note applies to proceedings under the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act where the parties have cohabited and live in Bonnyville, Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Edson, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Jasper, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Red Deer, Slave Lake and Wetaskiwan or within 150 kilometres of any of those cities or towns.

The parties attend the PAS seminar through the Court unless they reside within 100 kilometres of the following towns:

  • Hannah
  • High Level
  • Lac La Biche

and are not covered under the preceding paragraph.

In these situations the parties must attend at the local district office of the Alberta Child and Family Services Authority to view a video version of the PAS seminar. The Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench confirms that the parties have attended the video presentation.

The Practice Note applies for Child Support Services (CSS) clients and parents required to attend Parenting After Separation before a trial when:

  • The parties are/were married and the child(ren) is from the marriage, or
  • The parents have cohabited for at least six months and only the amount of support is to be determined at the trial. Parentage has been determined by consent or a previous finding of parentage.

    Note
    It is not necessary to refer the parties to PAS if:

     

    • An EMP 45 Support Agreement is negotiated, or
    • The dependent children are all over the age of sixteen, or
    • The matter is settled at a list date either by consent or a hearing.

    Exemption From Attendance
    There may be extraordinary cases where an exemption will be granted and the Justice will deal with these cases on an individual basis.

    Compliance Notification
    The respondent is responsible for filing his Certificate of Completion with the Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench.