Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act now in force

Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act have been proclaimed and came into effect on September 1, 2014. These amendments affect access applications made by grandparents and have three main points:

1. The amendments allow a grandparent to proceed directly to the hearing of the application for access on the merits. The application to the court for leave is eliminated for grandparent access applications. 

New Courts of Nova Scotia website

The Courts of Nova Scotia unveiled its updated website on June 20, 2014. On this website, you will find the practical information and basic materials you will need if you have to come to Court. There are general knowledge resources about the Judiciary, the Courts, and about their role within our democracy. It is also where important notices of changes in court procedure and news about Judges and their Courts can be found.

Great booklet & calendar for children: What happens next?

‘What happens next? Information for kids about separation and divorce’

This booklet is published by the Department of Justice Canada, and provides information for children between the ages of 9 and 12, whose parents are separating or divorcing. It is meant to give children basic information about family law, and the processes that their parents might be going through. It also emphasizes that it is normal for children to react emotionally when their parents separate or divorce.