Race(ing) Family Law?: The Challenges

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The process of responding to the proposed amendments to the once “live” Bill C-22 sparked a series of continued conversations across Canada among Aboriginal women, women of colour, and immigrant and refugee women as to how race would and should be addressed within the Divorce Act. Although it…

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Bill C-22: Where Now?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. When Bill C-22, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, died in November 2003, a long chapter in NAWL’s work on reforms to custody and access legislation came to a close. We now find ourselves in a position to consider the broader question of women’s equality within family…

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Custody and Access

Women remain the primary caregivers of children. Women are more likely to abandon professional and economic benefits in order to facilitate that relationship. When they separate or divorce, women are far more likely to end up in poverty than their former male partners. Women are often victims of spousal violence or abuse. Yet the legal…

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Bill C-22, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act

Bill C-22 proposed amendments to the Divorce Act that could have a huge impact on women’s lives as well as on those of their families. NAWL wrote to Minister of Justice in French and to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in English to share our thoughts on Bill C-22. Letter to Minister…

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Where is the Government Going on Custody and Access?

In the September 30th Throne Speech, the Chrétien government announced that the Divorce Act would be amended to better promote the best interest of the child, unified family courts would be expanded, and mediation and counselling would be encouraged in lieu of litigation. The commitment is very vague for a government that has been doing…

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Custody, Visitation and Child Support

Available only in French. Ottawa, le 22 février 2002 L’Honorable Martin Cauchon Ministre de la Justice 284, rue Wellington Ottawa (Ont.) K1A 0H8 Objet: Garde, droit de visite et pension alimentaire des enfants Monsieur le Ministre, L’Association nationale de la femme et du droit s’adresse à vous dans un dossier de la plus haute importance…

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