Family Justice Services

 

What is Family Justice Services?

Family Justice Services (FJS) is a division of the Department of the Supreme Court. FJS offers services that assist families in resolving custody, access and/or child support issues outside of court.

FJS focuses on the needs of children and promotes dispute resolution outside of Court (dispute resolution/mediation occurs when parties talk to a neutral person to explore ways to resolve their family law problems).

FJS offers free services to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador that are involved in family law matters. Some of their services include:

  • Parent education sessions on family law and parenting after separation;
  • Dispute resolution in cases of custody, access, and child support;
  • Counselling services to families dealing with custody, access and child support;

Note: FJS does not provide legal advice.

How to Access Family Justice Services

You can access services by either completing a “Request for Service” or an “Application to Court” form. The Department of Advanced Education and Skills (AES) also has an internal process whereby applicants and recipients of Income Support are referred to FJS.

Request for Service: when both people want to resolve their problems outside of Court, they can access dispute resolution service through FJS. Both parties must complete and sign a Request and forward to the nearest FJS office. This form is available at all Court locations, all FJS locations, and online:

Court Application: upon making application directly to Court for child support, custody or access, the application will be forwarded to FJS for services.

Where is FJS?

FJS offices are located throughout four regions of the province. Business hours for all FJS offices are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Avalon Region

St. John's
Family Justice Services
P.O. Box 8700, 3rd Floor, 285 Duckworth Street
St. John's, NL  A1C 1G9
709-729-1183

Central Region

Clarenville
Family Justice Services
45 Tilley’s Road
Clarenville, NL A5A 1Z4
709-466-4036

Marystown
Family Justice Services
Berney Bldg., P.O. Box 340
Burin Bay Arm, NL A0E 1G0
709-891-4137

Gander
Family Justice Services
P.O. Box 2222
The McCurdy Complex, 2nd Floor
Gander, NL A1V 2N9
709-256-1205

Grand Falls-Windsor
Family Justice Services
3 Cromer Avenue
Provincial Building, 4th Floor
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 1W9
709-292-1194

Western Region

Corner Brook
Family Justice Services
133 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 2006
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8
709-634-4174

Stephenville
Family Justice Services
143 Main Street
Stephenville, NL A2N 3K9
709-643-8396

Labrador Region

Labrador City
Family Justice Services
45 Tamarack Place
Labrador City, NL A2V 0C5
709-944-3209

Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Family Justice Services
Elizabeth Goudie Bldg., Suite 174
P.O. Box 3014, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
709-896-7941