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Family Law Now | Ep. 41: Divorce Act Changes – Part 1: Objectives & New Duties

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Episode 41

Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes.

Part 1: Objectives & New Duties

Russell Alexander is joined by Associate Family Lawyers, Rick Peticca and Michelle Mulchan to discuss the recent changes to the Divorce Act including duties of the court, legal advisers, and parties to a proceeding. Lawyers analyze the terminology used in the new legislation to predict the pathway towards future changes.

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Next Episodes

Family Law Now | Ep. 42: Divorce Act Changes; Part 2A: Best Interests of the Child

Family Law Now | Ep. 43: Divorce Act Changes; Part 2B: Best Interest of Child (cont’d)

Family Law Now | Ep. 44: Divorce Act Changes; Part 3A: Mobility and Jurisdiction

Family Law Now | Ep. 45: Divorce Act Changes; Part 3B: Mobility and Jurisdiction (cont’d)

Show Notes

Department of Justice for the Government of Canada

Duties – Court (Section 7.8(1), Divorce Act)

Duties – Court (Section 7.8(2), Divorce Act)

Duties – Court (Section 7.8(3), Divorce Act)

Video – Defendant Arrested During Virtual Court Proceeding 


Duties – Legal Adviser (Section 7.7(1), Divorce Act)

Duties – Legal Adviser (Section 7.7(2), Divorce Act)


Family Law Now | Ep. 22: Covid-19, Divorce, and Remote Collaborative Practice Meetings

Family Law Now | Ep. 40: Court Order for Child Terrified of Covid-19


Duties – Parties of a proceeding (Section 7.1(1), Divorce Act)

Duties – Parties of a proceeding (Section 7.1(2), Divorce Act)

Duties – Parties of a proceeding (Section 7.1(3), Divorce Act)

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the Founder & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.