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If you live outside the Halifax Regional Municipality or outside Cape Breton, you will go to the Family Court if:
|~||you have family matters to deal with other than a divorce or the division of property|
|~||you are married and not getting divorced|
|~||you are living common law|
|~||you are registered domestic partners|
|~||you have never lived together and are unmarried|
|~||you are a grandparent or another person who wants a court order about custody, access, or child support|
Note: Family law matters involving children (custody, access, etc.) are heard in the courthouse closest to where the children live.
If you live outside the Halifax Regional Municipality and outside Cape Breton, and you are seeking a divorce or the division of property, you will go to the Supreme Court.
If you live inside the Halifax Regional Municipalitiy or in Cape Breton, and you have a family law matter to deal with, you will go to the Supreme Court (Family Division).
|Family Court proceedings are governed by the FAMILY COURT ACT >> and the FAMILY COURT RULES >>|
|The Family Court also deals with the following Acts:|
|ADULT PROTECTION ACT >>||INTERJURISDICTIONALSUPPORT ORDERS ACT >>|
|CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES ACT >>||MAINTENANCE ENFORCEMENT ACT >>|
|PARENTING & SUPPORT ACT >>||LABOUR STANDARDS CODE >>|
|INVOLUNTARY PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT ACT >>||SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE ACT >>|
|VITAL STATISTICS ACT >>||Other Acts that the Governor-in-Council may approve|
The Court offers a video which is intended to help you understand what happens when the Child Protection Agency becomes involved in your family life. The video and the booklet that comes with it will answer some of your questions.What has happened? Where are your children? When can you see them? What can you do to make sure your family stays together? If your children have been taken into care, what do you need to do to have them returned to you?
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Family Law Nova Scotia is a website that offers comprehensive information relating to the law, processes, and services that make up family law in Nova Scotia. It will help you better understand your issue and provide tools to help solve your problem. To access the Family Law Nova Scotia website, click on the graphic to the left .
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