Family Law

Helping families.


About the Family Law Project

The Family Law Project has been a part of Student Legal Services since 1969, and has helped thousands of people in the Edmonton area. Caseworkers for the Family Law project can assist individuals by providing them basic legal information over the phone, acting as their agent in Provincial Court for some legal issues, and holding Do-Your-Own-Divorce Clinics. We also have various legal information booklets available online.

☎ (780) 492-8244


Who can we help? 

Whether or not we can help you will depend on your income and the nature of the legal issue. Please note that we can help all University of Alberta undergraduate students with a valid OneCard. 

Income Guidelines
You must meet our guidelines before SLS can help you. You will need to provide proof of income documentation such as: last year's tax return/assessment, or last 3 months of pay stubs, bank statements, or statements showing income assistance (Alberta Works or AISH). 

Nature of the Legal Issue
We can provide basic legal information over the phone on the following topics:

  • Divorce or separation

  • Parenting time

  • Child and spousal support

  • Matrimonial property

  • Common law relationships

We can also open files and assist with some family law legal matters such as:

  • Uncomplicated child support orders

  • Varying child support orders

  • Parenting orders (note: we can only help with parenting orders that have already been started)


what can we do?

Law student caseworkers act as agents for individuals in the Provincial Court of Alberta. All students act under the supervision of our advising lawyers. Caseworkers for the Family Project can:

  • Give you legal information

  • Complete uncomplicated child support applications

  • Respond to parenting/guardianship applications

  • Act as your agent at mediation and Judicial Dispute Resolutions

  • Act as your agent in Provincial Court and speak to your legal matter

We appear in Provincial Court in Edmonton, Stony Plain, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Morinville. If your court appearance is in another location, SLS will not be able to help you. 

The Family Law Project also holds Do-Your-Own-Divorce Clinics. You must call ahead to determine your eligibility for the Clinic and reserve your space. Our upcoming 2019 Clinics are scheduled for: 

  • May 6

  • June 10

  • July 8

  • August 12

  • October 7

If your legal matter is in Calgary, Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary may be able to help you. 


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shift times

To open a file with the Family Project, please visit come visit us in our office! No appointment is necessary, but it is a good idea to call ahead to see if we can help you. 

University of Alberta Location: 11036 88 Avenue

The following hours apply to SLS’s summer hours, which operate May 13 - August 23, 2019. We are closed on statutory holidays.

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Please bring all of the information relating to your legal matter (lease, contract, etc), as well as income documentation.