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Are you thinking about completing and filing forms and documents to start a family law action in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division? Before you do, consider watching these videos. They explain the importance of doing things correctly and the consequences if you do not. They encourage you to consider alternatives to going to court and to get legal advice. They also explain some common mistakes that people make when they represent themselves.  Finally, they offer some suggestions for putting your best case forward if you do go to court. 

How do I know if I should take my case to court? What are the alternatives?
How can I reduce the impact of separation on the children?
Why should I see a lawyer and how do I find one?
I can't afford a lawyer. What should I know about representing myself?
What should I know about filling in family law forms?
Where do I file for Divorce and what happens next?
How do I start a family law action for a matter other than Divorce?
What are the Rules of Court?
What are some of the common mistakes people make when filing Court documents?
What should I know about "serving" documents?
I have to prepare an affidavit. What should be in it?
What should I know about preparing my case for court?
What should I know about presenting my case in court?
How does a judge decide when parents do not agree on custody and access?

How do I know if I should take my case to court? What are the alternatives?
The best way to decide whether you should take your family law problem to court is to get some advice from a lawyer. Consulting a lawyer does not mean that you will automatically end up in court...

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How can I reduce the impact of separation on the children?
To a large extent, the way a separation affects the children depends on how the parents manage their relationships after the separation…

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Why should I see a lawyer, and how do I find one?
Often, when a person is having family law problems, a lot of well-meaning people offer advice about what they should do. But it’s important to remember that only a lawyer can tell you what your rights are and how the law applies to your specific situation…

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I can’t afford a lawyer. What should I know about representing myself?
You have the right to represent yourself in a legal matter. However, you should know that representing yourself might not be as easy as you think. Family law procedures are complicated, and you will have to work hard to learn how to do things correctly…

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What should I know about filling in family law forms?
It’s very important to fill in court forms as neatly and accurately as possible…

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Where do I file for Divorce, and what happens next?
Divorce petitions must be filed with the Office of the Registrar, at the Justice Building in Fredericton. That’s the central filing office for all divorces in New Brunswick…

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How do I start a family law action for a matter other than Divorce?
The starting point for any family law action, except for divorce, is a Court Clerk’s office much like this one. You can find a Court Clerk’s office in most of the courthouses around the province…

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What are the Rules of Court?
The Rules of Court are the procedures that must be followed in any part of the court process. The rules outline things such as how court documents must be prepared, how long a person has to respond, and the procedure for service of Court documents.

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What are some of the common mistakes people make when filing Court documents?
When lawyers, or people representing themselves, bring documents to the Court Clerk’s office to be filed, court staff examine those documents very carefully. Sometimes they can’t file a document because there are mistakes or missing information. These documents are returned, and new, proper versions have to be created and filed…

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What should I know about “serving” documents?
When someone starts a family law action in court — for example, petitioning for divorce — the other party has the right to know about that action and to respond…

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I have to prepare an affidavit. What should be in it?
An affidavit is a document that you prepare for the court setting out the circumstances that relate to your family law matter. It should contain only facts…

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What should I know about preparing my case for court?
It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare your case for a court hearing. The judge must make decisions based on the evidence provided to the court, so it’s important for you to prepare carefully.

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What should I know about presenting my case in court?
There are certain rules and procedures that must be followed when people are in court, including where everyone must sit. This is where the judge sits. The parties who present their cases in court sit at those tables.

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How does a judge decide when parents do not agree on custody and access?
 

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