Assemblée Législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse

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21 septembre 2017

Projet de loi no 39

Maintenance and Custody Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 160 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Maintenance and Custody Act, Respecting Dependent Children and Their Best Interests

Déposé par :
L'honorable Ross Landry
Minister of Justice

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Prise d'effet 19 février 2013
2012 Statutes, Chapter 25

Note explicative (en anglais seulement)

Clause 1

(a) revises the definition of “dependent child” in the Maintenance and Custody Act to harmonize it with the definition in the Divorce Act (Canada); and

(b) adds a definition of “family violence, abuse or intimidation” to the Maintenance and Custody Act.


Clause 2

(a) sets out the factors the court must consider in any decision or determination relating to a child;

(b) sets out factors to guide the court’s assessment of the impact of any family violence, abuse or intimidation; and

(c) clarifies that the maximum-contact principle that a child should have as much contact with each parent as is consistent with the best interests of the child is to be followed by the court.


Clauses 3 and 4

(a) enable the Government of Nova Scotia to enter into an agreement with the Government of Canada respecting the administrative recalculation of child support orders under the Divorce Act (Canada); and

(b) expand the regulation-making authority to authorize regulations respecting such administrative recalculation of child support orders under the Divorce Act (Canada).


Clause 5 provides that this Act comes into force upon proclamation.