Legislation will better support children, parents, guardians

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Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, introduced November 24, 2015, will update language and terminology around custody and parenting arrangements, introduce new terms for interacting and spending time with a child, and by establishing the use of a parenting plan, help parents clarify their responsibilities.

The amendments will also introduce specific guidelines that families must follow when a parent or guardian wishes to move away with their children. The new Act will be called the Parenting and Support Act.

These amendments have only been introduced at this time - they are not yet in effect.

Sections of the NS Family Law website will be revised as needed when this new legislation is put into effect. The implementation date of the new Act is unknown at this time.

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