Bill 17 was introduced in March 2022 and received royal assent on June 1, 2022. It will be in force on a date fixed by proclamation, at which time it will repeal The Family Maintenance Act in its entirety. The Family Maintenance Act will be replaced by The Family Law Act, The Family Support Enforcement Act and The Inter-Jurisdictional Support Orders Amendment Act. There will also be consequential amendments to many other statutes.
These materials reflect the provisions of The Family Maintenance Act in force on the date of publication, and also make reference to the new provisions that will be in force once proclaimed.
With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, and the ascension of King Charles III, the Court of Queen’s Bench automatically became the Court of King’s Bench. As well, the Queen’s Bench Act and Queen’s Bench Rules are now known as the King’s Bench Act and the King’s Bench Rules. All decisions pronounced prior to September 8, 2022 continue to reflect the name of the court and the rules in force at the time of pronouncement. These materials reflect these changes.