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Family Law Now | Ep. 46: Divorce Act Changes – Part 4: Variation, Rescission, Suspension

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

Episode 46

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 4: Variation, Rescission, Suspension

Russell Alexander, Nafisa Nazarali, Jason Isenberg, and Margie Primero-Pimentel wrap up the Divorce Act Changes series with this final episode. These Ontario Divorce Lawyers concur that the new legislation is very welcome (though long overdue) and sends the right message. The conscious changes in language and terminology help to reflect truer definitions. Again, we’re seeing a focus on the best interests of the child and cases of family violence. The new legislation provides more clarity in the grey areas of family law, which may lead to less time spent in litigation and more time focusing on family.

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Show Notes

Previous episodes

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Changes to the Divorce Act

Department of Justice for the Government of Canada

Variation order (Section 17(1), Divorce Act)

Factors for parenting order or contact order (Section 17(5), Divorce Act)

Variation order (Section 17(5.1), Divorce Act)

Relocation – change in circumstances (Section 17(5.2), Divorce Act)

Relocation prohibited – no change in circumstances (Section 17(5.3), Divorce Act)

Priority to child support (Section 17(6.6), Divorce Act)

Repeal section 17(9) (Section 17(9), Divorce Act)

Copy of order (Section 17(11), Divorce Act)

Case References

Willick v. Willick

Gordon v. Goertz


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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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