In the so-called “battle of the sexes” or “gender wars” or injustices in family law, other than custody of children, no subject is more contentious and open to deserved critical debate than post separation financial claims by ex wives against former husbands. The mid 20th century gave brith to the social engineering concept of former husbands being legally obliged to support their former wives in an era when women didn’t work outside the home.
The anger a father feels when he suddenly can’t see his children as much as he used to is universal and very understandable. No caring and nurturing parent can not experience that anger. The anger is at the mother of the children, at oneself and at the “system” which is seen as biased in favor of mothers.
Everyone is familiar with the saying that a man representing himself in court has a fool for a client. I am here to tell you not to believe it! It doesn’t have to be true. As a young lawyer, I never bought into it. The legal profession, like all other professions, has successfully convinced government that only their licensed members have the skills required to charge for so called “legal” services.
It is human nature to want to trust someone coming forward on behalf of your X offering to help resolve problems which have vexed you for some time. When that person is her lawyer be careful not to fall into one of two possible situations:
Report to Supreme Court chief justice calls for family law overhaul
Article by KIRK MAKIN
Published in the Globe & Mail
An unreleased report commissioned by the country’s top judge is urging a radical overhaul of Canada’s family law system.
Parental Alienation is a disorder found in many children with divorcing parents. This syndrome is an estrangement of the child from one parent, caused by the intentional (or unconcious) efforts of the other parent. The process involves the alienating parent making defamatory comments and hostile statements about the target parent in front of the child on a regular basis, in an effort to manipulate the child’s feelings towards them.
The Department of Justice in Canada has an excellent section on their website called Supporting Families, with information for parents and children going through a divorce.
Over the coming months, we will be providing information, and answers to commonly asked questions regarding divorce and the legal system. Listed below are some of the subjects we will be covering.
Topics involving divorce and the law will include:
- Introduction to Family Law
- Separation vs.