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, which will occur on July 1, 2020.

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.

Parenting arrangements for orders or agreements made or changed after the new law comes into force

Learn how the new laws will affect your parenting arrangements.

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