July 17, 2018

Canadian Government Proposes Bill to Radically Change Family Laws

The Canadian federal government introduced legislation recently that would bring major changes to existing family laws, including the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act, and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act.

Overall, the proposed changes seek to help families settle disputes outside of court while also improving child-support and increasing the well-being of children whose families are going through transitions.

One way the bill aims to help families is by encouraging them to use family dispute resolution and mediation services, a move that would take much of the burden off the court systems.

And as for custody proceedings, if passed, the legislation would require courts to consider a host of factors before deciding which parent should get the bulk of the access to their kids–including, most importantly, any history of family violence from either spouse.

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