Canada’s Family Justice Reform

This paper will examine the 2021 reform of Canada’s Divorce Act, which applies in all cases involving the legal dissolution of a marriage. It explores whether and to what extent these statutory revisions promise to enhance justice outcomes, particularly for socially and economically vulnerable families, and where gaps will persist. The analysis focuses on the four objectives underpinning this law reform project – promotion of the best interests of the child, addressing family violence, reduction of child poverty, and improved accessibility to the family justice system – drawing on child-centric, feminist, and intersectional theoretical approaches.