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The Family Court sit only in areas of the Province outside of the Regional Municiplaities of Cape Breton (CBRM) and Halifax (HRM). The Family Court deals with all family law matters except divorce and division of property. Outside of CBRM and HRM, divorce and division of property are dealt with by the Supreme Court.

Inside CBRM and HRM, all matters of family law are dealt with by the Family Division of the Supreme Court.
For contact information, click on the "Court Locations/Maps" link at the left side of this page.

The Family Court provides a forum for hearing issues relating to the family such as maintenance and custody/access.

You would go to the Family Court if:
~ you are married and not getting divorced
~ you are common law
~ you are registered domestic partners
~ you have never lived together and are unmarried
~ you are a grandparent or another person who wants the court to make an order about custody, access, or child support

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For more on-line information about family law,
go to the Family Law Nova Scotia website

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Proceedings in the Family Court are governed by the:

Family Court Act and the Family Court Rules

The Family Court also deals with the following Acts:

Adult Protection Act Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Act
Children and Family Services Act Maintenance Orders Enforcement Act

Custody and Maintenance Act

Labour Standards Act
sections relating to the emplyment of children
Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act
sections dealing with involuntary psychiatric assessments

Solemnization of Marriage Act
sections relating to the performance of marriage and to hear applications from persons under the age of 16 desires and permission to marry

Vital Statistics Act
sections relating to findings of paternity
Other Acts and matters that the Governor-in-Council may from time to time approve

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Click here to access the Decisions of the Nova Scotia Family Court

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Representing yourself in Family Court? Click here for Information Kits