March 23, 2021 - Georgia Barnard
New amendments to the federal Divorce Act, meant to come into force last July but pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have come into force this month.
These are the first substantial changes to the Divorce Act in more than 20 years.
The changes to the Divorce Act include updated provisions addressing family violence and relocation.
The Act defines family violence in a holistic sense. It does not solely cover physical violence. The definition includes harassment or stalking, neglect, psychological abuse, financial abuse, destruction of property, and specific threats. It also includes the direct or indirect exposure of a…