Interjurisdictional Support Orders (ISO) Applications

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The ISO process can be complicated, and there is a lot of information to know. The information in this online book will help you by explaining what ISO is, when it is used, and what the ISO process looks like - whether you started the process, or are responding to it.

 

WHAT IS 'ISO'?

'ISO' stands for 'Interjurisdictional Support Orders.' It is the law that deals with the process used for getting and changing support orders involving Nova Scotians and parties who live in certain other jurisdictions. These other jurisdictions are called 'reciprocating jurisdictions.'

 

WHEN IS THE ISO PROCESS USED?

ISO is used where provincial or territorial laws are being applied and the matter is going to be heard in the place where the responding party lives. ISO is not used where the federal Divorce Act is being applied. So, if you are divorced or divorcing, ISO is likely not the process you will use. This will be discussed in more detail later in this book.

In some cases, there may be options other than ISO that can be used. For example, the matter may be heard in the place where the applicant lives or in the place the respondent lives.