Parent Education Unit
Parent Education Program known as Parenting after Separation and Divorce
In October 2001, legislative amendments were made to allow the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General to pilot a mandatory Parenting after Separation and Divorce Program in the judicial centres of Saskatoon and Yorkton. In September 2003, the judicial centres of Prince Albert and Regina were added. Legislative Amendments made December 19, 2008 allow the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General to put into effect mandatory attendance to the PARENTING AFTER SEPARATION and DIVORCE PROGRAM in all Queen's Bench Court locations in Saskatchewan. Additional locations in the province are: Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Meadow Lake, Swift Current, Estevan, Weyburn, and La Ronge.
In any family law proceeding in which custody, access or child support is in issue, other than a proceeding pursuant to The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Act, the party commencing the action must:
The Respondent must attend the Parenting after Separation and Divorce program and file a certificate of attendance before taking any further step in the proceeding.
Parties are not required to attend the parenting education program if:
Failure to attend at the Parenting after Separation and Divorce program when required to do so may result in the Court, upon application by the other side:
The application for exemption from attendance may be made ex parte. The grounds for granting an exemption must be one of the following:
A court may postpone the requirement to attend the Parenting after Separation and Divorce program where one of the parties has made a unilateral change in a custody or access arrangement. This application may be made ex parte.