Information for families

If you are experiencing divorce or separation, new changes to family laws may affect you when they come into force. Changes to Canada’s family laws were made in June 2019 with a coming into force date of July 1, 2020. 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. Changes to federal support enforcement laws will come into force at different times over the next two to three years. Keep watching this page for more information on what the changes mean for you and your family.

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.

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