Canada’s Divorce Act changed on March 1 2021. This was the first big change to the Divorce Act in over 30 years.

The Divorce Act is a federal law that applies to married spouses who are divorcing or divorced. It covers family law issues like parenting arrangements, the impact of family violence on children and parenting, relocating with a child, child support and spousal support.

This article talks about some of the important changes to the Divorce Act, and says where you can get more information and family law legal help.

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Last reviewed: March 2021
Reviewed for legal accuracy by: Lawyer Shelley Hounsell-Gray, QC

Thank you to Justice Canada for funding to help update our legal information on divorce.