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Divorce Act Changes Delayed

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions that have caused Canadian courts to handle only urgent family matters, the Federal Minister of Justice delayed implementation of the Divorce Act changes until March 1, 2021.

The Divorce Act amendments passed by parliament will change the way courts will deal with children of married couples. The notions of child “custody” and “access”, terms that have their roots in property law, are replaced with “parenting time”. The new Divorce Act will give courts greater ability to make individual choices about who makes important decisions about children and who has contact with the children. The changes also codify the procedure for a change of residence of one or more of the children’s parents.

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If you have questions about a divorce or questions about your rights and obligations relating to your parenting time contact Windsor family law lawyers Mary Fox, Tanya McNevin or Thomas MacKay today by calling 519-259-1820.   We serve clients in Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Essex, Leamington, Kingsville, Belle River and Lakeshore, and throughout southern Ontario.