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Old 01-20-2020, 01:07 PM
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Can someone explain what the changes to the divorce act entail and how that would impact cases going forward?
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:08 PM
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:18 PM
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I expect false domestic abuse charges will skyrocket.

People will also suddenly find that they are much more religious.

Otherwise, same old, same old.
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I expect false domestic abuse charges will skyrocket.
Agreed, especially in today's day and age. It is very subjective and the changes give open interpretation to phrases like "I felt threatened". Or "He is so controlling." The changes only promote more high conflict cases.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:56 PM
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I hope we'll see more of an intersection between the criminal courts and family courts. There are a few of these combined courts in Ontario- but I'd like to see more. That the same judge can preside over the criminal case and the family case. In the case of false accusations- the benefit is that false accusations can be cleared up quickly and not create a false status quo. Also, it may rightly create a negative inference into the parenting ability of the false accuser. On the other hand- where a parent is charged with a violent crime - it will be tracked. And the family courts won't be constantly waiting for criminal matters to resolve- which just keeps a family in the court system longer- escalating tensions.
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That the same judge can preside over the criminal case and the family case.
I agree, that alone would be extremely useful.

Let the abusers quickly lose custody, let the falsely accused rapidly regain custody.
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I feel joint counseling should be mandatory for separated or divorced parents. Both parents in a room with a counselor to learn to rebuild respect and co-existence as part of finalizing a high conflict case. A person who is financially prudent gets painted as controlling towards money (and therefore financially abusive) in court documents. Safe counseling jointly may help set things straight of misconceptions or ill-informed labeling. My ex learned the "A" word and it near impossible to convince her otherwise. Everything is abusive in their view...
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I feel joint counseling should be mandatory for separated or divorced parents. Both parents in a room with a counselor to learn to rebuild respect and co-existence as part of finalizing a high conflict case. A person who is financially prudent gets painted as controlling towards money (and therefore financially abusive) in court documents. Safe counseling jointly may help set things straight of misconceptions or ill-informed labeling. My ex learned the "A" word and it near impossible to convince her otherwise. Everything is abusive in their view...
Agree with the joint counselling- however, there has to be a screening process to determine whether there is an abusive dynamic. It doesn't help the situation to put an abuser and a victim in the same room to try to work something out. There ARE skilled counselors who can work with that dynamic- but even then, it's hard.
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I agree, that alone would be extremely useful.

Let the abusers quickly lose custody, let the falsely accused rapidly regain custody.
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