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Canada is in the midst of reforming its federal parenting laws and it is important that social workers are informed of these changes. With Bill C-78 coming in effect in 2020, the Divorce Act will adopt child-centered parenting terminology; an evidence-informed definition and criteria for family violence in making parenting orders; and a comprehensive relocation scheme. Reforms will also include a non-exhaustive list of best interests of the child criteria, including criteria addressing voice of the child and Indigenous heritage. The reforms will also impose obligations on legal advisers and other family justice professionals to encourage out-of-court dispute resolution and child-focused resolutions. This workshop will provide an overview of the proposed changes, discuss the implications to research and practice, and address implementation issues for the field of social work.
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