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Divorce Act

Version of section 20 from 2021-03-01 to 2023-05-17:

Definition of court

  •  (1) In this section, court, in respect of a province, has the meaning assigned by subsection 2(1) and includes such other court having jurisdiction in the province as is designated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of the province as a court for the purposes of this section.

  • Marginal note:Legal effect of orders and decisions throughout Canada

    (2) An order made under this Act in respect of support, parenting time, decision-making responsibility or contact and a provincial child support service decision that calculates or recalculates the amount of child support under section 25.01 or 25.1 have legal effect throughout Canada.

  • Marginal note:Enforcement

    (3) An order or decision that has legal effect throughout Canada under subsection (2) may be

    • (a) registered in any court in a province and enforced in like manner as an order of that court; or

    • (b) enforced in a province in any other manner provided for by the laws of that province, including its laws respecting reciprocal enforcement between the province and a jurisdiction outside Canada.

  • Marginal note:Variation of orders

    (4) Notwithstanding subsection (3), a court may only vary an order that has legal effect throughout Canada pursuant to subsection (2) in accordance with this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 3 (2nd Supp.), s. 20
  • 1997, c. 1, s. 8
  • 2019, c. 16, s. 15
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