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New Information Pages
- Child Protection
- Family Violence & the Legal Process
- Family Violence: How Criminal & Civil Law Can Help
- Pregnancy & Birth
- Understanding the Court System & Processes
- Having a Child: Legal Considerations & Government Benefits
Updated Information Pages
- Protective Orders
- Animal Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Partner Abuse
- What is Family Violence?
- Safety Planning
- Children's Rights
- Dealing with a Death in the Family
- New Relationships & Out-of-Province Issues
- Family Breakdown & the Immigration Process
- Child support under the Family Law Act
- Family Breakdown if You Live on Reserve
- Spousal support under the Divorce Act
- Ending a married relationship under the Divorce Act
- Custody & Access under the Divorce Act
- Family Breakdown & Out-of-Province Issues
- Working with a Lawyer
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New Common Questions
- Where can I find a shelter for my children and me?
- What is marital rape? Is it illegal?
- If someone is being abused, why doesn’t she or he just leave?
- How do I use the internet safely without my abusive partner knowing?
- Is stalking someone illegal?
- Am I entitled to more property if my spouse was abusive or cheated on me?
- I just left my abusive relationship. What do I do next? Can anyone help me?
- What should I take with me if I decide to leave my abusive relationship?
- I want to leave my abusive home, but I don’t want to leave my pet. Can I include my pet in my safety plan?
- I’m afraid my abusive partner will find my safety plan. What else can I do?
- I am in a family violence situation. What should I include in my safety plan?
- Child Protective Services has taken my child. What are my rights?
- What does it mean when Child Protective Services talks about “intervention”?
- When does Child Protective Services get involved with a family?
- What is Child Protective Services?
- What is an “Affidavit of Service”?
- How do I get help filling out court forms?
- What are adjournments?
- My ex and I live in different parts of the province. How do I know where to go to court?
- What are the rules of court and why does it matter?
- How do I appeal a court’s decision?
- What is an “ex parte” application? Can anything be applied for ex parte?
- What can I do if I can't find the other party to serve them the paperwork?
- What does it mean to serve documents to someone?
- I’m told I have to “swear” my documents before I can file them. What if something in them is not true?
- I need to serve my ex-partner with court paperwork. Can I just give the paperwork to my minor child to give to the other parent?
- How do I complain about a judge?
- Can I talk to a judge privately?
- What are “interim” orders?
- What is a “cause of action” and why does it matter?
- Can I be considered a parent to the child that is made with my donated reproductive materials (sperm or eggs)?
- Do I have to get counselling before using assisted reproduction?
- Do I have to speak to a lawyer before using assisted reproduction?
- Can we use assisted reproduction to make sure that we have a baby that is the particular sex (boy or girl) that we want?
- What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?
- Does Alberta Health Care pay for fertility treatments?
- What is the difference between insemination and in vitro fertilization?
- Can a child have more than 2 guardians?
- At my job interview, can they ask me how soon I plan to have children?
- Do children need to take the last name of either the mom or the dad?
- The daycare staff at my workplace are willing to bring my baby up to my office when he is ready to be breastfed. Can my boss refuse to allow that?
- Can I arrange for my baby to be adopted while I am still pregnant?
- Do I have to put the name of the other parent on my baby’s birth certificate?
- What are the requirements to consent to an abortion?
- Will Alberta Health Care Insurance pay for an abortion?
- I’ve heard that employers have a duty to accommodate pregnant employees. What is a “duty to accommodate”?
- Does my employer have to pay me while I am on maternity or parental leave?
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- I shouldn’t practice my safety plan with my children because it will just scare them more.
- A safety plan will only put me and my children in more danger.
- I can’t leave my abusive situation because I can’t afford to break my lease.
- “Going to court” is the same thing as “going to trial.”
- Once I have made an embryo, I am free to use it however I want.
- As long as we have a written contract, I can use someone else’s sperm or eggs even if they change their mind
- I don’t need my partner to give their consent before I can use their sperm or eggs to make a baby.
- When a baby dies during birth, an autopsy must be performed.
- If I want to receive my prenatal and birth care from a midwife, I will have to pay for it myself.
- I cannot lift heavy packages at work because I am pregnant. My coworkers constantly complain about this and call me a slacker, but I guess I just have to put up with it.
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