Parenting arrangements after separation or divorce
The laws concerning custody and access under the Divorce Act have changed. However, these changes do not apply until the new law comes into force. Due to extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada deferred the coming into force date of changes to the Divorce Act to March 1, 2021.
Please keep in mind:
For existing court orders or agreements: you can continue to rely on your existing court order or agreement after the new law comes into force. The changes in the law are not a reason for a change to your existing order.
Applying for a new court order: if you apply for a court order and the new rules come into force before you get the order, the new Divorce Act rules will apply.
Changing your existing court order or agreement: if you want to change a court order or an agreement after the changes to the law come into force, the new Divorce Act rules will apply.
Parenting arrangements for orders or agreements made before the new law comes into force
Learn which laws apply.
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