Selected Family Law Legislation

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The following contains on-line versions of some important family legislation. Legislation can change over time. The versions available on-line may not be up-to-date and may not be official versions.

Ontario Legislation

The Government of Ontario operates a Web site that provides the full text of Ontario legislation, including the following legislation related to family law:

Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
Outlines the powers and responsibilities of children's aid societies. In addition, the Act sets out the rules governing the adoption of children
Children's Law Reform Act
Deals with such matters as custody of, and access to children, as well the rules to establish parentage of a child
Family Law Act
Deals with spousal and child support, division of property, and possession of the matrimonial home
Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996
Outlines the powers and responsibilities of the Family Responsibility Office to collect child and spousal support payments
Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act, 2002
Outlines the methods to apply for a support order or a change of an existing support order in another Canadian province or reciprocating jurisdiction

Federal Legislation

Federal Divorce Act
Deals with divorce, as well as claims for child and spousal support, and custody and access, in divorce cases.