JUSTICE: Amendment to the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act

The process for Nova Scotians dealing with child and spousal support orders between provinces and territories will be clarified with changes to the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act introduced on November 17.

"We want to ensure there is no additional burden on Nova Scotians dealing with child and spousal support orders," said Diana Whalen, Attorney General and Justice Minister. "This amendment prevents an unnecessary notification requirement that would delay processing times and increase cost."

Today's changes formalize a practice already in place and brings Nova Scotia in line with other provinces and territories. The existing legislation does not include a provision on whether there is a requirement to give notice of a hearing.

The new act will clarify that it is not necessary to provide notice to an applicant outside of Nova Scotia. Providing notice takes time and money and is unnecessary because the applicant initiated the process and already has the information.

The act ensures interjurisdictional support orders are established and enforced efficiently and effectively so that children and families receive appropriate financial support. Last year, Nova Scotia courts dealt with about 50 applications.

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