The Divorce Act Changes Explained

Duties – Parties to a proceeding

(Section 7.6, Divorce Act)

New section

7.6 Every document that formally commences a proceeding under this Act, or that responds to such a document, that is filed with a court by a party to a proceeding shall contain a statement by the party certifying that they are aware of their duties under sections 7.1 to 7.5.

Old section


What is the change

Parties to a proceeding under the Act must certify that they understand all of the obligations imposed upon them by the court.

Reason for the change

Many parties represent themselves in proceedings under the Act. This amendment draws their attention to their legal obligations.


March 1, 2021.