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The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

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A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

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Early Family Dispute Resolution

When partners separate, there are many issues that must be resolved. For example, parenting time and decision-making, child and spousal support, and property division are all things that need to be decided on. There are two ways separating couples can resolve these issues; the parties can come to an agreement, or they can ask the court to decide.

On January 1, 2020 – beginning exclusively in Prince Albert until further notice – most family law matters that come to family court will be required to attempt a family dispute resolution process before they will be able to continue with any further court proceedings. Exemptions will exist for exceptional cases that involve such issues as interpersonal violence and child abduction.

There are a number of early family dispute resolution process options that are available; a short description of the options is listed below. You can find more detailed information on each one by visiting the relevant page.

It is recommended that you ask prospective service providers how their process of dispute resolution works, how they expect you to participate, and what the cost of the service will be. Low-income options will be available for families who are required to participate in early dispute resolution where deemed necessary.

Families across the province are welcome to pursue family dispute resolution independently, as an alternative to traditional court proceedings.

Collaborative Law Process: The goal of Collaborative Professionals of Saskatchewan Inc. is to develop awareness of and facilitate access to the collaborative process for residents of Saskatchewan. Collaborative law involves parties and their lawyers working together and negotiating in good faith to reach a settlement on all issues.

Family Arbitration: A family law arbitrator plays a role similar to that of a judge. They are able to make binding decisions to resolve family law disputes using processes that are more informal than the court's. Family law arbitrators use Saskatchewan family law to make decisions. Sometimes arbitrators use a combination of different dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Family Mediation: Family mediators help parties resolve family issues and find solutions through an interest-based problem solving process.

Parenting Coordination: Parenting coordinators can help parties resolve disputes over existing agreements and orders, such as who has parenting time during summer holidays. Parenting coordinators are knowledgeable about children's developmental stages and mental health, and help parents focus on their children's needs while resolving disputes. Parenting coordinators do not create or change parenting arrangements.

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