The Maintenance and Custody Act (MCA) will become the Parenting and Support Act on May 26, 2017.
The Parenting and Support Act (PSA) will be the Act often used by Nova Scotians who are not divorced or divorcing, and are addressing issues like custody and parenting arrangements, child support, spousal support, or occupation of the home.
The Family Justice Video Series is a joint project between the Nova Scotia Department of Justice (Court Services), and Nova Scotia Legal Aid, with funding from Justice Canada. Videos are available on the following topics:
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.
The Courts, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Legal Aid are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice.
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.
Changes to the Children and Family Services Act, that will help protect Nova Scotians from 16-18 years of age, improve child safety, streamline court processes and ensure children have a safe and lifelong family relationship, take effect on March 1.
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 – www.ns.211.ca.