Sask. program assists families going through separation, divorce

Three-year pilot program aims to help Saskatchewan families going through separation or divorce. File / Getty Images

REGINA – The province is launching a three-year pilot program to help families going through separation and divorce.

Family Matters: Assisting Families through Separation and Divorce is aimed at minimizing the effect of separation and divorce on all family members, especially children.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant says early intervention has a positive effect on everyone.

“The current challenge for many going through a separation or divorce is to identify what information is available, access it, understand it and use it to make quality decisions,” said Wyant in a release.

The program is supported by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, which is providing $1.3-million in funding.

“The Foundation sees the pilot program as an important initiative that will provide high quality information and cost effective access to the justice system for separating and divorcing couples,” said Bob Watt, the executive director of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan.

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The program is currently available in Saskatoon and Prince Albert and will be expanded to Regina and Moose Jaw in April 2015.

It will expand province-wide in 2016.

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