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Times are a Changin' - the new and improved Divorce Act

In June 2020, the Divorce Act is being amended... So what does that mean for you?

It means that the the Act's definition of the parenting provisions will change, because let's face it, the roles of parents have changed vastly since 1986 (the last amendment!). Put simply, it will reflect more closely the principles behind the BC Family Law Act, which is in fact far improved and forward thinking than the Divorce Act.

Words like "custody" and "access" will be replaced with softer words like "parenting orders" and "contact orders."

It also means that the shift will change from focusing on the needs and wants of the parent to focusing on the best interests of the Children - which is what we are supposed to focus on, aren't we? Well we should.

The key objectives are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence, help reduce child poverty and make Canada’s family justice system more accessible and efficient. So let's see what it has in store for us!

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