Divorce in Saskatchewan

Divorce in Your Province

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If you’re facing separation and divorce, you will have a lot of questions. Fairway has guided clients through this pivotal life change since 2006, so our mediation experts have many of the answers. Below you’ll find resources and information for commonly asked questions, explanations of terms and documents you should know, and insight into what to expect during the separation and divorce process. If you still have questions or want to request a consultation with our mediators select the office closest to your home.

Mandatory Mediation in Saskatchewan

To promote the resolution of family law matters outside of the courthouse, Saskatchewan requires that all parties attempt a form of family dispute resolution process before they can continue with court applications unless an exemption is granted. Accepted Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods include mediation, arbitration, parent coordination, or a collaborative law process. The court may grant exemptions in situations where ADR methods are inappropriate, such as interpersonal violence, a child abduction perpetrated by either parent or other highly urgent circumstances.

More information on Early Family Dispute Resolution from the Saskatchewan Government

What do I need to do before I can file for Divorce?

A separation agreement may accompany a divorce application. While it is possible to apply for divorce before you have a signed separation agreement, many people chose to sign a separation agreement if they have assets to divide or children. The separation agreement is the agreement that captures all the decisions made by you and your spouse. Items often addressed in a separation agreement are division of property, spousal support, child support and parenting.

How Do I get a Separation Agreement in Saskatchewan?

The separation agreement is a culmination of all the negotiations you have made with your spouse. There are a few ways you can get to a consensus on the terms in your separation agreement.

  1. You can do it yourself if you and your spouse are in agreement on everything.
  2. You can choose to use an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service such as mediation. The 2021 changes to the Divorce Act require, to the extent it is appropriate to do so, that parties to a proceeding under the Divorce Act try to resolve matters through a family dispute resolution process. Because of these changes, mediation has become more common. The divorce laws in Canada are well defined, and families find the outcome of fighting with lawyers does not justify the time or the cost. With the new Divorce Act, mediation is the first choice, even for divorces that are financially complicated and conflicted. Contact the Fairway closest to you to find out how to get started.
  3. If you have already attempted a form of alternative dispute resolution, you and your spouse can use the traditional approach of hiring lawyers to fight and litigate on your behalf.

How do I file for Divorce in Saskatchewan?

You will need to obtain your marriage certificate. If you do not have an original copy of your marriage certificate, you can obtain a copy by contacting e-Health.

To file for divorce, you can either do it yourself or you can solicit a service to file for divorce for you.

  • DIY divorce filing is done by obtaining the documents from the courthouse, filling out the documents together and filing the documents with the courthouse. It sounds simple. However, for couples with properties, support and children the forms are cumbersome.
  • Obtaining assistance to file for divorce requires an additional fee, however you will leave the cumbersome paperwork and court running up to the professionals.

What is the cost to file for Divorce in Saskatchewan?

The court filing fees for a divorce in Saskatchewan are $300, as of January 2019. The divorce documents will be filed with the clerk of the Family Division of the Court of King’s Bench.

Saskatchewan Court Locations

For the most up to date list of court houses in Saskatchewan, visit the official Courts of Saskatchewan website.

  • Battleford
    291 23rd St West, Battleford, SK S0M 0E0
    Phone: 306.446.7675
  • Estevan
    1016 4th St, Estevan, SK S4A 0W5
    Phone: 306.637.4529
  • Melfort
    Box 6500, 409 Main St, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0
    Phone: 306.752.6265
  • Moose Jaw
    64 Ominica St West, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1W9
    Phone: 306.694.3602
  • Prince Albert
    1800 Central Ave, Prince Albert, SK S6V 4W7
    Phone: 306.953.3200
  • Regina
    2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 4W6
    Phone: 306.787.5377
  • Saskatoon
    520 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G7
    Phone: 306.933.5112
  • Swift Current
    121 Lorne Street West, Swift Current, SK S9H 0J4
    Phone: 306-778-8400
  • Yorkton
    29 Darlington Street East, Yorkton, SK S3N 0C2
    Phone: 306.786.1515

Introduction to Family Law in Saskatchewan

Family Law Legal Information by PLEA

Custody, Parenting & Child Support

Child Support in Saskatchewan

Under the Divorce Act, and Family Maintenance Act, each parent has a responsibility to support their children. Child support is the legal right of the child

Child support calculations are partially based on your parenting arrangements. The parent who the child/children lives with the majority of the time is entitled to receive an amount of child support from the other parent. Each party may also be required to contribute to the child/children’s extraordinary expenses.

What are the child support guidelines in Saskatchewan?

Child support in Saskatchewan is based on theFederal Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines follow set rules that the courts use to set child support amounts.

The amounts in the guidelines are based on how much the payer earns, how many children the payer is paying to support. Each province in Canada has its own payment calculation.This is the table for support in Saskatchewan.

How do you calculate child support in Saskatchewan?

Use the Child Support Online Lookup to calculate the amount of child support to be paid monthly. For a quick calculation try the child support calculator.

What is the age of Majority in Saskatchewan?

The age of majority in Saskatchewan is 18 years of age.

Spousal Support

Spousal Support in Saskatchewan

Spousal Support in Saskatchewan is either agreed upon by the parties or determined by the judge in a contested hearing.

How do I figure out the amount of support to be paid?

There is no set calculation for spousal support like there is for child support. However, the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines can assist spouses to figure out the amount of spousal support that should be paid.

MySupportCalculator.ca is also a website with a support calculator and can provide an estimated dollar amount that can be adjusted based on the parties circumstances. Spousal Support calculations can be complicated and the assistance of an objective third party, such as a mediator, can be useful in helping you to determining an appropriate amount. The following factors may be considered parties are working to come to an agreement on spousal support:

  • Length of marriage
  • Standard of living prior to divorce
  • Ability for both parties to get employment
  • Retraining in the workforce
  • Disabilities and other factors
  • Child support obligations
  • Role each party took in the relationship

Can I enforce the spousal support agreement in Saskatchewan?

Once an agreement is received for spousal support, parties can enroll with the Maintenance Enforcement Office (MEO).

The Office, which serves the entire province, is located in Regina.

The Office will:

  • Register support orders and agreements
  • Record and monitors payments
  • Take enforcement action when the required payments are missed or late.

Saskatchewan claimants (persons receiving support) and respondents (persons required to pay support) can both register their support order or agreement with the Office.


Property Division in Saskatchewan

  • Married couples
  • Couples who have lived together in a common-law relationship for at least two years or have children together

How is family property and family debt divided in Saskatchewan?

In a divorce or family application of an unmarried couple who fall under the jurisdiction of the Family Property Act, the personal property (vehicles, retirement accounts, furniture, businesses, etc.) owned by the parties is divided. Most provinces try to achieve an equal split of the property. While not explicitly mentioned in the legislation, if there is also debt of the marriage or relationship, that debt is also often divided.

Divorce Mediation and Resolution

Divorce mediation is a speedier and less costly way to dissolve a marriage than going through the courts. A family dispute resolution process such as mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law is mandated by the Divorce Act. With the help of a neutral third party such as Fairway, you and your partner will sit down together or perhaps apart to figure out an agreement encompassing all aspects of your divorce, from property division and spousal support to child decision making responsibilities. There are two types of divorce mediation, open and closed. Open mediation may be disclosed, while closed mediation is strictly confidential. Most family mediations are closed.

Divorce resolution through mediation requires teamwork. The mediator acts as a facilitator and guide, keeping the conversation moving forward and ensuring that all topics are covered. However, he or she will not provide legal advice. Therefore, it is best for both parties to seek legal advice from an independent lawyer before signing any final binding agreement.

Successful divorce mediation results in a non-binding, written agreement that will be drafted into a binding separation agreement which may be filed with the court. Enforcement may be sought in exactly the same way as a court order.

Divorce mediation can be challenging, as cooperation is essential. Through our proprietary process, though, which involves multiple professionals, we have helped many very contentious couples and financially complex families negotiate a fair and equitable settlement. Whenever possible, divorce resolution through mediation should be attempted, as it is much faster and less expensive than a court battle.



Federal Divorce Act

Deals with divorce, as well as claims for child and spousal support, and custody and access, in divorce cases. Federal Divorce Act


Division of family property

The Family Property Act

Custody, access and paternity applications

The Children’s Law Act, 2020

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