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Drawing attention to the sorry state of divorce laws in Canada (The Ottawa Citizen)

The Ottawa Citizen
April 12, 2002

Dave Brown


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.

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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."

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