Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Family Division Services - Assessments (Nova Scotia)

Nova Scotia

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered

Judges of the Family Court and Family Division may order parenting assessments when they need objective information about the child or family situations in a child custody or access matter.

Brief description

The main objective of an assessment is to provide the court with information or recommendations regarding how the needs of the child may best be met. To meet this objective, a professional assessor will meet with both parents. An assessor may also meet with the child, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, etc, if appropriate. The assessors focus is on what is in the best interests of the child.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Nova Scotia Department of Justice

How to access this service
Judges of the Family Court or Supreme Court presiding over an ongoing court matter may order that a parenting assessment be conducted.

Assessments may be ordered at all Family Division and Family Court sites throughout Nova Scotia.
[ Service(s) offered ]


Assessments (an information sheet) can be located at and is available in both English and French.

Further information on assessments can be found at

Fees are based on income.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
The Nova Scotia Judicature Act, RSNS 1989, c. 240

The Nova Scotia Maintenance and Custody Act, RSNS 1989, c. 160

Contact person(s)
To access this service, contact the justice center which is responsible for the file. Contact information about the various justice centers in Nova Scotia may be found at:

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