- Recorded on: February 23, 2021
- Length: 60 minutes
As of March 1, 2021, Canada’s Divorce Act saw its most substantial changes in 35 years. John-Paul Boyd QC walks you through the key changes and answers questions about how those changes affect you.
John-Paul Boyd, QC is a family law arbitrator, mediator, and parenting coordinator. He is a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia, and counsel to the Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas. John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Calgary. He returned to private practice in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. He writes and speaks frequently on family law topics for a range of audiences.
In this webinar, you will learn:
How changes in the Divorce Act reflect updated societal views about the best interests of children that align more closely with provincial family laws. [4:05]
What major changes are being made, including new language, new rules about relocation, and new duties for parents, lawyers and judges. [5:50]
What is not changing, including the rules about spousal support, separation, child support, and dividing property. [10:45]
Who is affected by changes to the Divorce Act. [11:40]
How parenting after separation is affected by changes to the Divorce Act and how new language is used to reflect those changes. [13:05]
The factors to be considered in deciding what is in the best interests of children, including family violence. [17:40]
The process that must be followed if a separated parent wants to relocate and that relocation would affect relationships their child has with others. [23:40]
Whether a separated couple needs a written separation agreement, and when they can file for divorce and start dividing assets. [31:15]
Whether you need to update a court order made before changes to the Divorce Act took effect. [34:25]
How much a basic divorce costs. [37:10]
How much a divorce costs if it goes to trial. [41:30]
How much mediation or other out-of-court options cost. [42:40]
How family violence affects parenting time and contact. [45:00]
What age children can decide who they want to live with. [47:50]
What happens if there aren’t enough arbitrators and mediators to meet demand. [49:15]
What principles apply in relocation applications. [52:30]
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From People’s Law School:
Changes to the Divorce Act is a quick primer on the key changes.
From JP Boyd, QC:
The New Divorce Act explains the changes in detail.
JP Boyd on Family Law is a comprehensive guide written for the public on family law issues, covering divorce, parenting arrangements, support, property, and more.
JP Boyd’s YouTube channel features videos on the new Divorce Act and other family law topics.
An Evaluation of the Cost of Family Law Disputes: Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods, from the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family.
From the federal Department of Justice: