Family Law Manitoba is your source for information and support.
New & Coming Soon
Manitoba Government proclaims legislation to include parentage determinations for families that use assisted reproductionJanuary 12, 2022
Vaccination for childrenDecember 29, 2021
University of Manitoba Community Legal Clinic is re-locatingMarch 8, 2021
Changes to the Federal Divorce Act are in effectMarch 1, 2021
Important Changes to Family Law!
On July 1, 2023 The Family Maintenance Act was repealed and replaced by The Family Law Act and The Family Support Enforcement Act. Amendments to The Child Support Service Act and The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Act also came into effect July 1. The new and amended laws are available on the Manitoba Laws website - Le site Web de la législation manitobaine
The Family Law in Manitoba website has not yet been updated to reflect all of the changes that came into effect on July 1, 2023 but the updates are coming soon.
Changes relating to the new laws have also been made to the Court of Kings’ Bench Rules and Forms. If you have questions about the Rules and Forms, a Family Guide Court Specialist at the Family Resolution Service may be able to assist you. Contact the Family Resolution Service at GetGuidance@gov.mb.ca
Family Resolution Service
The single-window Family Resolution Service (FRS) delivers a seamless continuum of public, private and community-based services to support family well-being and healthy transitions. FRS helps families resolve their issues in a safe, collaborative, fair, affordable and timely way.
What services are available?
Services currently available include:
- information, tools and resources found throughout the Family Law Manitoba website;
- the ability to request information or provincial services through a single Get Guidance email and telephone number;
- Early Resolution Support Services delivered by Family Guides with expertise in domestic violence and safety planning, conflict resolution and mediation, family law and court processes;
- triage and referrals to culturally and linguistically appropriate specialized services, which could include the Child Support Service, Legal Aid or other private and community financial, legal or health and social services;
- support to complete any pre-requisites for court;
- referral to alternate dispute resolution services such as arbitration, mediation, and collaborative family law and legal services;
- referral to the Child Support Service or court for final decisions and court orders in cases where resolution cannot be reached;
- referral to mental health services and supports;
- referral to child care options on a short-term and emergent basis when accessing safety support and services or being physically present in court.
How do I contact the Family Resolution Service?
Manitobans can access the service by:
204-945-2313 (Winnipeg) or 1-844-808-2313 (toll-free)
100-352 Donald Street (1st floor)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Family Resolution Service’s 379 Broadway location has temporarily moved it’s in-person services to 100-352 Donald Street. Mail can still be directed to 379 Broadway, however all in-person inquires or families dropping off documents must go to 352 Donald Street.
What forms should I submit?
In most cases, you will be asked to complete the Intake Form to access the Service.
- Family Resolution Service - Intake Form
Your Intake Form can be emailed to a Family Guide along with your question or request for service at GetGuidance@gov.mb.ca
Who can help me complete the form?
If you do not feel comfortable answering some of the questions or need help completing them please contact a Family Guide for support and guidance at GetGuidance@gov.mb.ca or call: 204-945-2313 (Winnipeg) or 1-844-808-2313 (toll-free).
Are services delivered online, over the phone and in-person?
Yes, services are available primarily online, but are also available over the phone and in-person where needed.
What do Family Guides do?
Family Guides answer questions and provide guidance on navigating family law systems and process, they help families reach agreement through mediation, and they can support safety planning for those experiencing domestic violence while going through separation or divorce. Among other forms of support, they aim to connect you to the right place and service quickly.
Who are Family Guides?
Family Guides are familiar with legal and program requirements and have training in assessment, triage, and referral to specialized services. They have specialized expertise in family law, mediation, domestic violence and court processes.