If you are contemplating, or in the process of, obtaining a divorce, use these links to find information and resources about the legal process of divorce. There are also links to counselling and support resources to help you through what can be a difficult time. (Please note that the information provided here is not intended to replace professional legal counsel.)
If you and your spouse are having difficulty finding common ground on issues such as child custody and division of assets, the Alberta Courtsâ€™ Family Mediation Services may be able to help you come to an agreement without resorting to the courts.
Finding a Lawyer
You may want to hire a lawyer to help you through the legalities of the divorce process. If necessary, Legal Aid can help you find and pay for a lawyer.
Finding Your Own Legal Information
There are many resources available to help you do your own research about divorce. The Alberta government's Divorce Guide is available through the Queen's Printer or at many stationery/book stores in Alberta. You may also want to check out these links:
Filing Divorce Papers
The Court of Queen's Bench is responsible for granting divorces..
Ordering a Divorce Certificate
After your divorce, you may wish to order a Certificate of Divorce (Decree Absolute). You must have this certificate in order to remarry.
Changing Your Name
In Alberta, a woman who has assumed her husband's last name at marriage may at any time return to using the last name on her birth certificate. If you decide to do this, be sure to have your name changed on these government documents:
Changing Your Address
If your divorce involves moving house, you can find helpful information and resources on Service Alberta's Moving to or Around Alberta page.
Government Financial Assistance Programs
Custody and Access
Counselling and Assistance
Divorce can be painful and difficult. Use these resources to help you cope with the emotional side of getting a divorce. Many municipalities also offer free or subsidized counselling services. Check the website of your local municipality for information
Family Violence Help and Prevention Resources
Use these resources if necessary to help you ensure the safety of yourself and your children.