Thursday, May 14, 2009

Update: Bill 133 Passes - Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009

Bill 133, Ontario's Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009, was carried in its Third Reading on May 7, 2009, and will become law upon receiving Royal Assent.

The Bill enacts significant amendments to Ontario's family law regime.  Highlights include changes to:
  • the manner in which spousal pension entitlements will be calculated and divided; specifically, the Bill requires pension plan administrators to provide calculations of the "imputed value of a pension entitlement for family law purposes", and allows for immediate payment of lump sums to non-member spouses from pension plans in satisfaction of their pension division claims;
  • the calculation of pre-marital assets and liabilities under the Family Law Act;
  • procedures for applying for domestic restraining orders;
  • procedures for change of name applications for children
  • custody applications by non-parents, who will now be required to file with the courts police record checks and reports by children's aid societies as to any involvement they have had with such custody applicants.
The final version of the Bill 133 is online here.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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