Justice Access Plan - Adoption of new measures promoting access to family justice
The new provisions will allow the Commission des services juridiques, through its legal aid offices across Québec, to offer new services at a lower cost to parents going through a separation or divorce. If parents are eligible, the costs will be assumed by legal aid.
Parents will be able to obtain the services of an attorney to prepare agreements on matters such as changes to the amount of support, child custody or rights of access. These agreements can then be homologated by a special clerk. The Commission believes it will be able to offer that service as of January 2013.
New measures coming into force immediately
The bill also allows for a simpler, quicker and cost-free recovery of the security paid to Revenu Québec to guarantee the amount of support in case of an exemption from automatic collection. That option will be available for past and future exemptions.
The measure comes into force as soon as the legislation is passed. The debtor parent may contact Revenu Québec to recover the security, provided that he or she meets the following conditions: the exemption must have been granted at least two years prior, no arrears or costs must be owed, and the support creditor must consent.