NS Department of Justice Seeks Feedback on Family Property Law

The Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to hear from Nova Scotians on whether changes are needed to modernize the legislation that currently determines how property is divided at the end of a marriage or registered domestic partnership.  Some of the key areas of interest include:

  • Family property rights for people in established common-law relationships
  • Property owned before the relationship began
  • Business assets
  • Family debt
  • Rights to possess the family home
  • Pensions

The Department of Justice is seeking your feedback. Additional information and an online survey are available at: https://novascotia.ca/family-property-law-survey. Written submissions are also accepted. To submit written feedback, please email: info@narrativeresearch.ca.  Alternatively, you may send written feedback by regular mail to:

Family Property Law Reform
c/o Narrative Research
5001-7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, NS B3L 2C2

The deadline to provide feedback via the survey, email and mail is February 20, 2020. The Department will use the feedback received to help determine whether new legislation is needed. DOJ would be grateful if you could share information about the consultation and the above survey link with interested colleagues and clients.

An in-person feedback session for legal stakeholders will be held later in February.  Further information on this event and how to register will follow shortly.

If you have any questions, please contact Narrative Research at 1-888-414-1336 (toll free).