New Parenting and Support Act, Family Court Rules now in effect

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The Maintenance and Custody Act (MCA) became the Parenting and Support Act on May 26, 2017.

The Parenting and Support Act (PSA) is the Act often used by Nova Scotians who are not divorced or divorcing, and are addressing issues like custody and parenting arrangements, child support, spousal support, or occupation of the home.

We are in the process of updating the NS Family Law website to reflect these changes. In particular, there have been changes to the terms used around parenting. The term ‘access’ was removed from provincial legislation, and replaced with the terms ‘parenting time’, ‘contact time’, and ‘interaction’. The term ‘access’ is still used in divorce matters. Click here for an information sheet with the new definitions for parenting arrangements.

The term ‘maintenance’ is no longer used. ‘Support’ is now the term used to refer to all types of child support and spousal support. The name of the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP), however, will not be changing.

Many court forms have also changed. Click here to find up-to-date forms for your court.

Click here for a Table of Concordance. This table contains an unofficial explanation of the changes made to the MCA to create the new Parenting and Support Act.