NS Legal Aid launches online chat

As of May 1, 2018, members of the public can chat privately with a lawyer about family law or social justice issues through NS Legal Aid's new online chat.

Family law includes issues such as separation and divorce, parenting arrangements, child support, and child protection. Social justice includes issues like Income Assistance, Canada Pension disability, landlord-tenant issues, and Employment Insurance benefits.

The family law chat is available on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm, and the social justice chat is available on Wednesdays from 3-5 pm.

Legal advice for sexual assault survivors

To give adult survivors of sexual assault better support, the province of Nova Scotia created the Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors program.
The program respects survivors’ privacy and their right to make their own decisions. Registering is done through an independent agency, 211 Nova Scotia, and participants do not have to report to police or take legal action if they use this service.
To be eligible, participants must be 16 years or older, and the assault must have taken place in Nova Scotia.

Amendments to Federal Child Support Tables

Amendments to the Federal Child Support Tables (Schedule I of the Federal Child Support Guidelines) have been approved. The amendments update the tables to reflect more current tax rules.   

The amendments were registered on October 23, 2017, and are expected to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on November 1, 2017. The updated child support amounts will come into force on November 22, 2017

New info sheets!

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

The PSA contains updated definitions around custody and parenting. These changes are explained in the information sheets below.