Bill C-78: Changes to Canada’s Family Justice System

Our Government is proposing several changes to federal family law, in order to strengthen our family justice system and to put Canadian children first.

Bill C-78 is the first major update of Canada’s family laws in 20 years, and proposes changes to the Divorce Act; the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act (GAPDA); and the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act (FOAEAA). The proposed changes include:

  • When parents divorce, decisions regarding their child(ren) will take into account every child’s specific needs and circumstances
  • Courts must take into account a child’s heritage and upbringing (ex. language, culture, sprituality) when making parenting arrangement decisions
  • Creating measures to deal with family violence, ensuring family violence is taken into account when determining parenting arrangements
  • Creating more tools to enforce child support

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