New Divorce Act changes focus on out-of-court resolution, interests of child

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  • Author: The Lawyers' Daily

This article discusses the changes made to the Divorce Act for the first time in 20 years, in force at the beginning of March, 2021. It was published in The Lawyer’s Daily on March 3, 2021.


For the first time, lawyers are obliged to encourage their clients to try dispute resolution processes, such as collaborative practice and mediation, before heading to adversarial negotiations and court.  In addition, there is much more focus on the best interest of the child, including recognition of domestic violence as a consideration in making parenting decisions.

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