In spite of overwhelming statistical and anecdotal evidence that show the detrimental impact of divorce, the government has done nothing to help the “Canadian Family”.
After all the substantive research, why does the Canadian government still dictate that divorce be dealt with in the costly, inconsistent, irrational and adversarial judicial system.
Why is it that governments have such a lack of political will to deal with the number 1 issue which impacts the most important Canadian resource….
The divorce rate in Canada is among the highest in the world. The legal industry alone related to divorce and related personal disputes is estimated at $6 billion a year industry. Legal costs are insane with nothing to show for monies spent. This in many cases represents a family’s life savings. Homes are lost, retirement and education savings are thrown away because the government dictates settlement of divorce issues in the courts. In addition to the financial impacts, emotional and physical illnesses are a result. The energies that were used to nurture the family are now taken up in an adversarial approach fuelled by a court process that forces further destruction of the family and sibling relationships.
The Child Support Guidelines were supposed to alleviate some conflict due to divorce. In fact the guidelines have made it more difficult for families that need it most, specifically families where a custodial spouse is not employed or has a lower income than the other parent. In fact it was acknowledged in the federal tax budget document of then Finance Minister Paul Martin that the change in tax treatment co-incident with the introduction of the Child Support Guidelines in 1997, will generate an additional $250 million in tax revenue each year.
- The costs related to divorce has been shown to be the number one reason for child poverty and personal bankruptcy.
In a study sponsored by Statistics Canada (Why do children move in an out of low income), released in April 1999 the break- up of the family through divorce was shown to be the leading cause of the transition into poverty.
In another study released in June, 1999 (Death and Divorce) which compared the long term impact of death and divorce, it was shown that parental loss leads to inferior outcomes across a wide range of economic and social measures and the results imply that coming from a divorced family is even more detrimental than from a bereaved background.