Family law situations can be very serious and navigating the court process without legal representation is confusing and overwhelming for many. Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) specializes in assisting eligible Albertans with a number of complex legal issues related to Family Law. Clients who accessed LAA services in 2018-2019 fiscal year had family legal issues ranging from custody, access, parenting and child support matters, child welfare matters and representation of children in high conflict cases, to name a few.
In 2018-2019, a total of 7,001 certificates were issued in Family Law, with an average certificate cost of $3,186. The total certificates issued represented a 7% increase compared to the previous year. Albertans from 70 communities were represented by LAA in Family Law matters, with the majority in the major centres of Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Grande Prairie.
Active certificates in the area of Child Welfare decreased slightly in 2018-2019 to 2,737 from 2,999 in the previous fiscal year. Duty counsel Certificates issued for Family Law saw a decrease of 25% to 2,941 from 3,914.
LAA is essential to a more efficient justice system and our family lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of their clients and ensuring a fair process. “I continue doing the work I do because it brings me great joy to see a young child, who was initially nervous and scared to meet with a lawyer, smile and appear so relieved when steps have been taken to help them,” says LAA Family Lawyer and Team Lead Jeff Keller.
For more information about how we assist Albertans during difficult times in their lives, check out this interactive website that was developed to showcase the 2018-2019 fiscal year and our successes.