Information for families

If you are experiencing divorce or separation, new changes to family laws may affect you. Changes to the Divorce Act came into force on March 1, 2021. Changes to federal support enforcement laws will come into force at different times over the next two years. Learn how these changes may affect you.

Overview of changes to family laws

Learn how new changes to family laws may affect you.

Parenting arrangements after separation or divorce

Learn how the new laws will affect your parenting arrangements.

Family dispute resolution: resolving family law issues out of court

Learn how family resolution processes can help you resolve your family law issues out of court.

Divorce and Family Violence

Learn how new changes to family laws are addressing family violence.

A Child’s Views and Preferences

Learn how a child’s views and preferences are important in determining the best interests of the child.

Duties for parents and others

Learn about new family law duties for parents to help them act in the best interests of the child.

Moving after separation or divorce?

These rules are meant to help parents come to agreements about relocation and avoid going to court where possible.

The Department of Justice Canada has developed user-friendly forms for giving notice about relocations and for objecting to the relocation of a child.

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