By Alan Kilpatrick
Earlier this month, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) launched a new website called Family Law Saskatchewan. Family Law Saskatchewan was created to help individuals facing family law issues navigate the Saskatchewan Courts without a lawyer. It should also be helpful to anyone who has questions about family law. The website is available at http://familylaw.plea.org/.
I had the privilege of attending the website launch in Saskatoon and am excited to share this resource with the Saskatchewan legal community.
The website provides background information on six common family law topics:
This information is written for members of the public without a legal background. Helpful FAQs are provided with each of the topics. It can help self-represented individuals decide what steps to take. Once a self-represented individual decides how to move forward with a family law issue, the website uses the Form Wizard to create the forms needed to begin a family law case. Family Law Saskatchewan explains,
“If you need to apply to court for divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support or to have family property divided, or you have you been served with court documents in a family law case, the free Form Wizard can help you. You will answer plain-language interview style questions and this information will be used to create the court forms you need. Through-out the process you will be provided with explanations of questions and links back to relevant parts of the information on the site. We also offer email support if you need help using the Form Wizard.”
Please note that a free user account must be created to use the Form Wizard. An account can be created by clicking on the link on the left side of the homepage:
The Form Wizard’s questionnaire invites users to describe their situation, answer simple questions, and decide the type of family law case to initiate.
A PDF court form is produced once the questionnaire has been completed. For example, here is a petition created by the Form Wizard:
Family Law Saskatchewan, the first website of its kind in Canada, promotes access to justice in Saskatchewan for all people.
 PLEA, a non-profit organization founded in 1980, provides legal information and education to the public of Saskatchewan. More information is available at http://www.plea.org/.
Call 306-569-8020 in Regina