Family property law survey

Nova Scotia’s Matrimonial Property Act sets out how property is divided when a couple that is married or in a registered domestic partnership ends their relationship.

Nova Scotia’s Matrimonial Property Act sets out how property is divided when a couple that is married or in a registered domestic partnership ends their relationship.

The current Matrimonial Property Act was created in 1980.

Government is seeking feedback from Nova Scotians on whether changes are needed to modernize the act. Key areas of interest include:

  • whether common-law couples should be included under the legislation
  • the treatment of property owned before the relationship
  • the treatment of business assets
  • rights to possess the family home
  • the treatment of family debt
  • the treatment of pensions

Government’s consultation on potential changes to this legislation is now closed.

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