Those of us who have been advocates and activists on the issue of custody and access in cases involving violence against women always perk up our ears when we hear the name of Senator Anne Cools. Ms Cools was closely Continue reading Presumptions have no place in family law
Excerpts from my keynote address at the Diverse Voices Conference, Edmonton, Canada, November 17, 201. You can find the full address elsewhere on this website. A family court system premised on “friendly parenting” that does not understand the prevalence of Continue reading Shared parenting vs the safety of women and children
When Jody (all names have been changed) left her partner, Dave, she took the kids, who were 8 and 4 years old, and figured that was all she had to do. After all, she had always been the one to Continue reading What really is in the best interests of children?
The answer to this question is both simple and complicated: Only when the law, court processes and those who implement and oversee the interpretation and administration of the law acknowledge the prevalence of violence against women within the family will Continue reading What can family courts do to get a passing grade?