Back to top
Grandparents' Rights Affirmation Act


(as introduced)

4th Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
61 Elizabeth II, 2012

Government Bill

Grandparents' Rights Affirmation Act

The Honourable Ross Landry
Minister of Justice

First Reading: April 23, 2012

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading: May 1, 2012

Third Reading: May 7, 2012 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Note

This Bill adds an explicit reference to the ability of a grandparent or other member of a child's family (other than a parent or guardian) to make an application for custody or access with the leave of the court.

An Act to Amend Chapter 160
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Maintenance and Custody Act,
to Affirm Grandparents' Rights

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Grandparents' Rights Affirmation Act.

2 Subsection 18(2) of Chapter 160 of the Acts of 1989, the Maintenance and Custody Act , as amended by Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1990, is further amended by striking out "other person with leave of the court," and substituting "or, with leave of the court, a grandparent, other member of the child's family or another person".


This page and its contents published by the Office of the Legislative Counsel, Nova Scotia House of Assembly, and © 2012 Crown in right of Nova Scotia. Created May 16, 2012. Send comments to