The Nova Scotia Family Court Rules changed effective October 1, 2014. These changes allow for the expansion of family justice services for Nova Scotia families.
Families outside Halifax and Cape Breton will soon have better access to justice services with rule changes for family court.
The changes will expand the role and authority of family court officers so they can offer the same, broader range of services across the province.
Grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren will have a simpler court process as of Sept. 1.
Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act will help grandparents who need the court's help to see their grandchildren when parents separate or divorce.
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.
If Child Welfare (the Department of Community Services) is involved with you and your children, and you live in the Sydney area, you can get help from Nova Scotia Legal Aid even if you are not going to court.
Two things may happen. You can get confidential legal advice from a lawyer, or the Early Referral (ER) Mediation Process may work for you.
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.
Leaders in the provincial justice system are working together to make the system better for Nova Scotians.
The Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee is finding ways to make Nova Scotia's family, civil and criminal court systems more efficient and effective, less costly and easier to navigate. Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab and Chief Justice Michael MacDonald will lead the committee.
The Halifax Family Law Information Program (FLIP) Centre at the Supreme Court Family Division is extending its service hours as of Monday, April 14, 2014. Members of the public will be able to access the centre and speak with FLIP staff from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, click here.
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.