Open Doors at Justice – Family Law Event

As part of this year’s Open Government Week celebration, Justice Canada is hosting a virtual Open Doors at Justice – Family Law Event on Tuesday, May 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Canada’s federal family laws related to divorce, parenting, child and spousal support (i.e., family obligations) and enforcement of family obligations are now more responsive to needs of Canadian families. Open Doors at Justice – Family Law Event is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of Canada’s family laws and will give attendees an update on the recent changes to these laws. You can learn how these changes may affect those individuals who separate or divorce.

Members of Justice Canada’s Family and Children’s Law Team will go over key changes, including those dealing with parenting arrangements, child support, rules around relocation, family violence, and enforcement of family support obligations.

Register today and join us on May 18th to learn more.

In the meantime, Stay Connected with us on social media and join the conversation using hashtags #OpenDoorsJustice, #OpenGov, and #FamilyLaw.

You can also learn more about the week’s other events at Open Government Week (May 17-21).

Time Open Doors at Justice – Family Law Virtual Event
6:00 to 6:05 p.m. ET Welcome
6:05 to 6:10 p.m. Opening remarks
6:10 to 6:15 p.m. Presentation overview
6:15 to 7:10 p.m. Brief Presentations
  • New parenting terminology and enhanced focus on the best interests of the child
    • will provide an overview of the Divorce Act’s new parenting terminology, which focuses on parents’ responsibilities for their children, and the new list of best interests of the child factors that courts will consider when making a parenting order.
  • Relocation
    • will explain the new framework in the Divorce Act for dealing with moves by parents and children following divorce.
  • Family violence
    • will provide an overview of family violence and its relevance to family law matters, along with the new family violence provisions in the Divorce Act.
  • Child support
    • will explain the set of rules and tables used to determine child support amounts under the Divorce Act’s Federal Child Support Guidelines.
  • Official languages
    • will explain new official languages provisions under the Divorce Act.
  • Enforcement
    • will explain key changes related to federal enforcement legislation: the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act (FOAEAA) and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act (GAPDA)
7:10 to 7:25 p.m. Question and Answers
7:25 to 7:30 p.m. Closing remarks

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