Friday February 23, 2018

Interjurisdictional Support Order Updates

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

Nova Scotia is in the process of updating its Interjurisdictional Support Orders (ISO) legislation, making it easier to claim spousal or child support from an individual living outside the province.

For those unfamiliar with ISO laws, they are used to establish and provide support when one parent lives in the province, and the other lives in a reciprocating province or country.

Key changes were made on February 12, 2018, and include:

Beyond applications, the ISO provisions also include tracing services. Nova Scotia’s ‘Reciprocity Clerk’ can request information from public bodies to assist in locating respondents living within and outside of the province.

Since 2015, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes have been made available for ISO applications. A Court Officer provides both parties with a copy of the application and invites them to participate in Nova Scotia. However, both parties must consent.

Although only a small sample size, it appears that using ADR in ISO applications is successful. An independent evaluation conducted in 2017 found that these processes:

If you are wondering if an ISO application may be right for you, please feel free to contact any of our family lawyers and we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on ISO applications, please visit the Family Law Nova Scotia website.  

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