New legal website first of its kind in Canada
- EFN Staff | February 07, 2015
The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) is proud to present Family Law Saskatchewan - a first of a kind in Canada. The new website will provide help for people dealing with the legal consequences of family breakdown without a lawyer, as well anyone needing information about family law in general. It will be an essential resource for families who cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for Legal Aid.
“The toll that unresolved family law issues take on families and society as a whole is widely recognized,” said Joel Janow, PLEA Executive Director.
“Our office deals with people on a daily basis who are unable to resolve family law issues because they cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for Legal Aid. We are very excited that we can now offer these people, and those that assist them, a way to move forward.”
The website will include comprehensive plain-language information on a wide range of topics - from grounds for divorce, to child support guidelines, spousal support, parenting plans, separation agreements and how family property is defined and divided.
Individuals in Saskatchewan who need to make or respond to a family law court application can use the free Form Wizard.
People answer plain-language questions about their situation and are then provided with step-by-step instructions unique to their situation. Instructions include what forms they need to fill out, other steps they must take and how to file and serve court documents.
Forms are filled out by answering interview style questions. People’s answers are then used by the Form Wizard technology to create the required court forms.
Throughout the process people are provided with help text and direct links back to relevant parts of the information on the site.
PLEA is a non-profit, non-government organization funded by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan to educate, inform and empower people with plain-language legal information. PLEA’s Family Law Saskatchewan project was funded by the Access to Justice Fund of the Law Foundation of Ontario.