Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Parent Information Program (Nova Scotia)

Province/Territory
Nova Scotia

Type of service
Enforcement of Parenting Arrangements

Services offered
The Parent Information Program (PIP) helps parents identify the effects of separation and divorce on children and to identify and practice ways to keep children from getting caught in the middle of parental conflict.

PIP aims to help parents to:

  • Identify the causes of conflict, what it looks like, and its effects on children
  • Use new communication skills to minimize conflict with the other parent
  • Better manage difficult emotions
  • Access a variety of supports and resources based on your specific circumstances

PIP has been offered in Nova Scotia since 1996. Lawyers and members of the helping professions, trained volunteer facilitators, deliver a three-hour program using prepared scripts and videos. Judges also volunteer their time by speaking at each session, which is offered in the evening, and sometimes on weekends (at select court sites only).

PIP is also available in an online format. The online session contains the same information as the in-person sessions, and uses written materials, audio, and graphics to deliver the Program. The online session is available in both English and French, and is open to anyone – there is no log-in required. To access the modules, visit http://www.nsfamilylaw.ca .

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Nova Scotia Department of Justice

How to access this service
Attendance at Parent Information is mandatory in Family Division sites and Family Court sites. Court officers, judges and other professionals may make referrals to Parent Information or parties may self-refer.

Location(s)
Parent Information is offered at all Family Division locations (the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Port Hawkesbury) and at every Family Court site in Nova Scotia.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English and French

Publications/information
Information about the Parent Information Program is available in both English and French at http://nsfamilylaw.ca/services/parent-information-program .

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rule 59

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: http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/Court_Services/justice_centres.asp

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