Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes, Part 2: Using Experts in Parenting Disputes

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In most disputes over parenting time, parents come to reasonable decisions about what is in their child’s best interests.  However, a small percentage of disputes are “high conflict”.  In high conflict cases, the parents have great difficulty communicating, make decisions together, and treating each other with respect.  Each parent may advocate for very different schedules.  […]

Unilateral Relocations – Don’t Do It!

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When a family is in conflict, it can be tempting for one parent to want to get away.  This can be especially true in cases where a parent is struggling financially after a separation or, in cases of domestic violence, when leaving is part of a safety plan.  However, a unilateral relocation with a child […]

Bench Press 38-5: Balancing Work and Family

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Fiona Johnstone began a long odyssey through Canadian courts when she encountered difficulties in finding childcare for her two toddlers so that she could continue to work for Canada Border Services. A childcare expert testified that Ms Johnstone faced a very difficult work environment: different shifts at different times and different days including weekends, overtime, […]

Viewpoint 38-4: Mothering with Disabilities

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In 2012, child welfare authorities sought to remove a new-born baby immediately after birth from a couple who both had cerebral palsy. Authorities identified that the parents would need support in caring for their child, but instead of the state providing that support, they were willing to spend significant dollars to remove the child from […]

Corporal Punishment and Domestic Violence: The Case for “Anti-Spanking” Legislation

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Recall conversations among parents deliberating the joys and perils of raising children – does the following sound familiar? “I wouldn’t normally spank my kid, but if he crosses the road without looking, you bet I’m gonna make my point! That’ll be the last time he does that.” While spanking is reportedly becoming an a gauche […]

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