Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Collaborative Law Project-Manitoba Legal Aid

Province/Territory
Manitoba

Type of service
Support Establishment Services

Services offered
On April 1, 2004 Legal Aid Manitoba introduced a Collaborative Family Law Project aimed at settling domestic disputes, including child custody, child and spousal support, and property division.

If both parties qualify for Legal Aid each party will be given a lawyer trained in the collaborative process. The parties and their lawyers are required to sign a participation agreement, agreeing to conduct themselves in a respectful and honest manner with the common goal of finding a solution to the outstanding issues. Contested court proceedings cannot occur during the collaborative process.

If the issues are not resolved, each party is assigned a new lawyer for the purpose of court proceedings. Any party that has not complied with the terms of the participation agreement may not be eligible for further Legal Aid coverage.

If domestic abuse is a concern, the process does not apply while contact is prohibited or if concerns about safety cannot be alleviated.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Manitoba Legal Aid

How to access this service
If both you and your former partner qualify for Legal Aid you can request this service.

Language(s)
English

Publications/information
Please refer to the following website for additional information: http://www.legalaid.mb.ca

Costs
There is a $25.00 application fee. Parties must qualify for Legal Aid to use the service.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
The Legal Aid Manitoba Act, C.C.S.M. c. L105
http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/l105e.php

Contact person(s)
Legal Aid Manitoba
Application Centre Winnipeg
100 – 287 Broadway
Winnipeg MB R3C 0R9
Telephone: 204-985-8500
Fax: 204-949-9216
Legal Aid Toll free Number: 1-800-261-2960 in Manitoba
http://www.legalaid.mb.ca

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