Contested divorce cases by time since initiation, selected provinces and territories, 2010/2011
|Province or territoryNote 2||Time since initiationNote 1||Total contested divorce casesNote 3||Total active divorce cases with full historyNote 4||Total active divorce casesNote 5||Percent contestedNote 6|
|1 year or less||Greater than 1 year to 2 years||Greater than 2 years to 3 years||Greater than 3 years to 4 years||Greater than 4 years|
|AlbertaNote 7||1,011||1,243||1,235||515||Note ..: not available for a specific reference period||4,004||20,760||29,496||19|
.. not available for a specific reference period
1. Time since initiation is based on the year of case initiation with a fiscal year end of March 31. Calculated only for cases where the complete case history has been collected by the Civil Court Survey.
2. Excludes data from Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan due to the unavailability of data.
3. Refers to those cases where a Statement of Defence (the defendant's response to a claim or application) has been filed.
4. Refers to cases where the complete case history has been collected by the Civil Court Survey.
5. Refers to court cases that had activity or were initiated during the year.
6. Calculated as a proportion of total active divorce cases with full history.
7. In Alberta, the complete case history is not available for any divorce cases initiated prior to October 2007, the start of data collection for the Civil Court Survey.
Note: It is important to note that differences in how cases are processed in the provinces and territories may impact results related to "time since initiation" and comparisons between jurisdictions should be made with caution. For example, depending on jurisdictional practices, a variation of an existing order or further disputes related to the same family may either be captured under the original case file (which may distribute cases toward a longer "time since initiation") (e.g., as in British Columbia) or as a new case.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Civil Court Survey.