Family property law survey

Government is inviting Nova Scotians to share their views on how family property is divided at the end of a 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

How to participate

We’re inviting all Nova Scotians to give their input.

Before completing the survey, you may want to read the background documents on the proposed changes:


You can share your feedback by completing the online survey before 20 February. The survey usually takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

Take the online survey

Other ways to participate

You can print the PDF version of the survey, complete it and submit it by mail or email.

Or send a written submission to:

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

The deadline for the survey, email and mail submissions is 20 February.

Contact information

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

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


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