The Ottawa Citizen
April 12, 2002
Drawing attention to the sorry state of divorce laws in Canada
'Stop divorcing like a bunch of drunken fools!"
That was probably the most sensible response to a question about how to do something about the sorry state of divorce law in Canada. It came from Montreal lawyer Anne-France Goldwater during a Saturday session on Parliament Hill.
What makes that difficult was probably best shown by Senator Anne Cools when she read a judgment from a worried judge who had just given custody to a woman who was leaving Canada with two children to live with a new love. He said he wasn't comfortable but felt he had no choice but to give custody "to a woman who is shackled by her own discontent."
Father's child-support payments were set and she waived spousal support. She later returned to sue for and get spousal support.
Ms. Cools: "Primary caregiver is a mischievous term ... Bringing in the money is pretty primary."