About John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd presently serves as the director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, prior to which he practiced family law in Vancouver for fourteen years.

Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes, Part 3: Views of the Child Reports and Parenting Assessments

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In Part 1 of this series, Sarah Dargatz wrote about the use of children’s lawyers in high conflict family law disputes in Alberta. Sarah said that hiring a lawyer to represent a child can be an effective way to get information about the child’s views and preferences when the parents cannot agree. In Part 2, […]

Dealing with Pets after Separation, Part 2: Going to Court

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In the first half of this article, I wrote about the laws on personal property that might apply when a couple can’t agree on how they’ll manage their pets after they separate. In this half, I’ll talk about the sorts of orders you can and can’t ask the court to make about pets, assuming you […]

Dealing with Pets after Separation, Part 1: Understanding the Law on Personal Property

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Family law is about how serious cohabiting relationships start and end, how children are cared for after separation, how the bills are paid after separation, and how the property and debts that accumulated during a relationship are split when it ends. Despite the folks who’d very much like to apply for custody of or access […]

Responding to Children’s Refusal to Visit After Separation – Part 3

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In the first part of this article, I wrote about the research on children who refuse to visit a parent after separation and how children’s relationship with a parent can sometimes break down for reasons other than the interfering actions of the other parent. In the second part, I talked about the warning signs that […]

Parental Alienation – Part 2

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In the previous part of this article, I talked about Richard Gardner’s concept of parental alienation syndrome, some of the controversy Gardner’s theory raised in the mental health community and the important contributions made by Joan Kelly and Janet Johnston when they distinguish cases of parental alienation from situations in which children have become justifiably […]

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