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Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench outlines family law application procedures

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 3:28 PM | By Ian Burns

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench announced that it has given additional directions to the profession on how to proceed with family law matters as it continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the court’s press release, effective May 8, desk applications in family law matters may be made to the court for simple applications. There is a limit of two issues per application. It notes that any sworn affidavit shall not exceed five pages excluding exhibits. Statements and reply statements are exempted from the page limits, but if additional pages are attached to those forms, they shall be limited to four pages excluding exhibits. Exhibits shall not exceed 10 pages. See here for further information.

In cases where each party is represented by a lawyer, family applications that are too complex for a simple desk application process may be made by desk application with written argument. More information can be found here.

In addition, a party requesting financial disclosure under rule 12.41 of the Alberta rules of court will use a desk application process going forward to obtain a disclosure order if the other party fails to complete disclosure in response to the notice to disclose.