Family lawyers and advocates are closely monitoring the first major changes to Canada’s Divorce Act in over 20 years. The updated Act now requires courts to consider the best interests of children, including the impact of family violence. David Morneau, executive director of the Child Witness Centre, notes that recognizing the nuances of domestic violence is a significant step forward. The Act’s expanded definition of family violence includes physical, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse, aiming to provide better protection during family separations.