When you have completed all of your required documents - and have them reviewed by a lawyer, if possible - you will need to have them sworn or affirmed. This means that you will swear on a holy book, or make a solemn promise, that everything in your documents is true. You need to be witnessed signing the documents by a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public, where required. Your signature needs to be witnessed on the application document (Form A) and perhaps other documents as well (like an affidavit, if you've prepared one).
Whether your application must be notarized depends on the rules in the jurisdiction where it is being sent. To be on the safe side, best practice is that you get your ISO application notarized.
The following people are Notaries Public in Nova Scotia:
- Lawyers who have applied, and been approved, to be Notaries Public
- Sitting MLAs
- Commissioned Canadian Armed Forces officers
- Chief officers of municipal police departments
- Commissioned RCMP officers on active service
- RCMP head of detachment officers, who are on active service in the province
Once your application is notarized, make 3 photocopies of every form (4 if you wish to keep a copy for yourself, which is recommended). Bring all of the documents to the administration office at the family law court nearest you.
There is no fee for starting an ISO application.