A Great and Sudden Change: Changes to the Family Property Act and the Divorce Act in 2020


Author: Catherine A. Regier

This paper informs paralegals about changes to the Family Property Act and the Divorce Act, aiming to equip paralegals with the knowledge needed to provide enhanced service to clients and practical assistance to lawyers in light of legislative changes. The paper is meant to introduce the changes that will most affect practices on a day-to-day basis.

Topics address terminology changes, definitions, relationship interdependence, property exemptions, client duties and obligations, best interests of the child, parenting orders, contact orders, and relocation.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Advanced Family Law Issues for Paralegals program in Edmonton on January 16, 2020 and in Calgary on January 23, 2020.

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