Family Justice Services


What is Family Justice Services?

Family Justice Services (FJS) is a division of the Department of Justice and Public Safety. 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?

There are various FJS offices throughout four regions of the province;

Avalon Region

  • St. John’s – 729-1183

Central Region

  • Clarenville – 466-4036
  • Marystown – 891-4137
  • Gander – 256-1205
  • Grand Falls-Windsor – 292-1194

Western Region

  • Corner Brook – 634-4174
  • Stephenville – 643-8396

Labrador Region

  • Labrador City – 944-3209
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay – 896-7941