If you and your spouse/partner cannot come to an agreement on your own,a mediator may be able to help you communicate better with each other and reach an agreement. Mediators are neutral third parties who can help you reach an agreement on a variety of issues, including support payments, the division of property, or custody of and access to, your children. You should show any agreement you reach during mediation to a lawyer before you sign it. Mediation is not appropriate for everyone, particularly in cases where there has been violence or abuse.
Follow the links below for more information about mediation services in Nova Scotia and how to find a mediator.
A lawyer is in the best position to advise you of your legal rights and obligations and to help you understand the legal consequences of your decisions. You and your spouse/partner should each have your own lawyer. A lawyer can help you resolve your issues without going to court. If you have a low income or are on social assistance, you may qualify for legal aid, which can help pay for some or all of your legal costs.
Follow the link below for more information about finding a lawyer, legal aid and other legal services.
If you and your spouse/partner cannot agree on how to resolve the issues between you, you can go to court and ask a judge to decide for you. A lawyer can help prepare your case for court.
Information on the Web sites listed below will help you understand the family court system and the services available through the courts.