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.

New Parenting and Support Act, Family Court Rules Proclaimed

Legislative amendments passed by the House of Assembly to improve support for children and put their interests first when their families break up will come into effect on May 26th, 2017.

Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which has been renamed the Parenting and Support Act, include modernized family laws and updated court rules and forms.

“We have modernized this act to be more helpful to families when they come to court to make decisions in the best interest of their children, often under very difficult circumstances,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen.

Emergency Protection Orders Now Available in First Nations Communities

Judges and justices of the peace can now issue emergency protection orders for families living in First Nations communities.

Justice Minister Diana Whalen announced the change today, March 15. It gives Mi’kmaw families the same access to protections from domestic violence that other Nova Scotians have. Until now, Mi’kmaw families could call 911 for immediate relief from an abusive spouse, but could only get a peace bond from the court to help keep that spouse away during regular working hours. Emergency protection orders allow a family to get court protection more quickly.

NS 211 Phone Service Expansion

211– the not-for-profit phone and web-based service that helps thousands of people every year find programs and services in their community – just got better.  As of February 13, Nova Scotians are able to text or chat online to get important information on programs and services offered by community groups, non-profits and government departments.

The number to text, from any mobile device, is 21167 (the number “67” corresponds to “NS” on a phone pad) and chat is available on the 211NS website –