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The Legal Issues

The following information and Web sites will help you understand the legal issues and processes of separation and divorce in Nova Scotia. Before making critical decisions, you should understand your rights and obligations and the services that are available to help you. Using these links, you will be able to find information about issues that may be important to you, including the care and support of your children, support for you or your spouse/partner and the division of your property. You will also find information about how to find a lawyer and resolve legal issues.


When you separate or divorce, there are many decisions that have to be made, including how much support will be paid and who will take care of any children.

The following links provide general information on issues involved with separation and the services that may help you and your family.

Resolving the Issues

It is up to you and your spouse/partner to decide the best way to resolve the issues between you. A lawyer or a mediator may be able to help you decide what would be best for you. If you and your partner cannot work things out, you may have to go to court and ask the court to decide.

Getting a Divorce

Separation agreements and court orders can resolve some family matters when you separate but they do not legally end your marriage. The only way to legally end your marriage is to get a divorce. The following links will help you find more information about divorce law and procedure.