The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many Albertans. Families in Alberta are facing new challenges with co-parenting and domestic violence, which becomes more urgent as isolation continues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many Albertans. Families in Alberta are facing new challenges with co-parenting and domestic violence, which only become more urgent as our isolation continues. Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is here to help Albertans navigate these challenging times.
During a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, shared responsibility for parenting may seem overwhelming when you don’t have the information you need to make decisions.
As a good rule of thumb, co-parenting during a pandemic is no different than when there is no pandemic: decisions should be made in your child’s best interests. This usually means doing what you can to work together, solve problems, and be generous with each other.
Both the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta are closed to the public. However, Emergency Protection Order applications and reviews are still proceeding due to their urgent nature. LAA helps victims of family violence through our Emergency Protection Order Program. This program provides information and a lawyer to help Albertans obtain and confirm protection orders.
This service normally requires the Applicant and the Respondent to appear in person at the courthouse. However, since the courts are closed, these services are now being offered by LAA through remote court appearances and after-hours service. This assistance will make the process of obtaining an Emergency Protection Order much less stressful for the applicant and improve access to justice during COVID-19.
LAA continues to take a leadership role in developing new and innovative processes and practices to resolve legal matters remotely during this pandemic.