Author: Frank Simons

Frank Simons Courts From Hell
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produce emotional stresses and strains produce emotional stresses and strains produce emotional stresses and strains which are hard for anyone to bear why which are hard for anyone to bear why which are hard for anyone to bear why are so many families falling victim to are so many families falling victim to are so many families falling victim to conflict and deterioration well you need conflict and deterioration well you need conflict and deterioration well you need the wisdom of Solomon it will answer the wisdom of Solomon it will answer that but our next guest says you only the wisdom of Solomon it will answer that but our next guest says you only that but our next guest says you only have to look at the family court system have to look at the family court system have to look at the family court system to find the major culprit frank simons to find the major culprit frank simons to find the major culprit frank simons is the author of courts from hell family is the author of courts from hell family is the author of courts from hell family and justice in Canada Frank just a and justice in Canada Frank just a and justice in Canada Frank just a cursory glance at your table of contents cursory glance at your table of contents cursory glance at your table of contents might suggest that you're a bitter might suggest that you're a bitter might suggest that you're a bitter victim of a bad divorce who now holds victim of a bad divorce who now holds victim of a bad divorce who now holds judges lawyers and feminists responsible judges lawyers and feminists responsible judges lawyers and feminists responsible for all the ills in the world is that an for all the ills in the world is that an for all the ills in the world is that an accurate description I wouldn't go that accurate description I wouldn't go that far actually I don't want this book and accurate description I wouldn't go that far actually I don't want this book and far actually I don't want this book and I didn't make this book as an expose of I didn't make this book as an expose of I didn't make this book as an expose of my personal situation but during the in my personal situation but during the in my personal situation but during the in the last 13 years it has opened my eyes the last 13 years it has opened my eyes the last 13 years it has opened my eyes with regards to the court system and as with regards to the court system and as with regards to the court system and as you pointed out in your introduction you pointed out in your introduction you pointed out in your introduction there will be many many kids that will there will be many many kids that will there will be many many kids that will not see their fathers this Christmas not see their fathers this Christmas not see their fathers this Christmas there'll be many fathers that will not there'll be many fathers that will not there'll be many fathers that will not see their kids not because they are see their kids not because they are see their kids not because they are incapable parents but simply because the incapable parents but simply because the court has decided that they will incapable parents but simply because the court has decided that they will court has decided that they will overrule God's given right for equal overrule God's given right for equal overrule God's given right for equal parenting now why do you why do you parenting now why do you why do you parenting now why do you why do you think that family chords are biased in think that family chords are biased in think that family chords are biased in favor of women well I I very much favor of women well I I very much favor of women well I I very much believe it's because it's a very believe it's because it's a very believe it's because it's a very self-serving industry even some of the self-serving industry even some of the self-serving industry even some of the research that's been done and most research that's been done and most research that's been done and most notably the liberal document that was notably the liberal document that was notably the liberal document that was done in nineteen research that was done done in nineteen research that was done done in nineteen research that was done which ended up in the report for the which ended up in the report for the sake of the children in 1998 had 38 which ended up in the report for the sake of the children in 1998 had 38 sake of the children in 1998 had 38 recommendations which today none have recommendations which today none have recommendations which today none have been acted upon and within that they been acted upon and within that they been acted upon and within that they basically show that since the basically show that since the basically show that since the introduction of no-fault divorce introduction of no-fault divorce introduction of no-fault divorce the divorce rate has gone from 8% up to the divorce rate has gone from 8% up to the divorce rate has gone from 8% up to somewhere around 50% at that time somewhere around 50% at that time somewhere around 50% at that time there's about 5,000 lawyers there are there's about 5,000 lawyers there are there's about 5,000 lawyers there are now 25,000 lawyers all these lawyers now 25,000 lawyers all these lawyers now 25,000 lawyers all these lawyers want to make a good dollar and I think want to make a good dollar and I think want to make a good dollar and I think over the years it's been so ingrained over the years it's been so ingrained and an industry has been established over the years it's been so ingrained and an industry has been established and an industry has been established when when you add in the Children's Aid when when you add in the Children's Aid when when you add in the Children's Aid Societies the the enforcement agencies Societies the the enforcement agencies Societies the the enforcement agencies and the other hangers-on as I call them and the other hangers-on as I call them and the other hangers-on as I call them it has become a major industry and it's it has become a major industry and it's it has become a major industry and it's making a lot of profit for a lot of making a lot of profit for a lot of making a lot of profit for a lot of people all right people all right people all right let's talk about that you're suggesting let's talk about that you're suggesting let's talk about that you're suggesting here now that it's such a well-run here now that it's such a well-run here now that it's such a well-run industry I guess and there are so many industry I guess and there are so many industry I guess and there are so many lawyers available that a woman might be lawyers available that a woman might be more tempted to or it's easier for her lawyers available that a woman might be more tempted to or it's easier for her more tempted to or it's easier for her to get a lawyer who says look I can get to get a lawyer who says look I can get to get a lawyer who says look I can get you this this this this and this and you this this this this and this and you this this this this and this and this and there's nothing the husband can this and there's nothing the husband can this and there's nothing the husband can do about it absolutely do about it absolutely do about it absolutely I'll give you a real quick example the I'll give you a real quick example the I'll give you a real quick example the first lawyer I went to see and and first lawyer I went to see and and first lawyer I went to see and and basically was a consultation and I basically was a consultation and I basically was a consultation and I talked to him about mediation and the talked to him about mediation and the talked to him about mediation and the first thing he says to me how was your first thing he says to me how was your first thing he says to me how was your relationship with your ex as far as relationship with your ex as far as getting along or your spouse as far as relationship with your ex as far as getting along or your spouse as far as getting along or your spouse as far as getting along the first thing he said getting along the first thing he said getting along the first thing he said was as far as mediation goes if you can was as far as mediation goes if you can was as far as mediation goes if you can cooperate it's great to mediate but why cooperate it's great to mediate but why cooperate it's great to mediate but why would she mediate when she can go to would she mediate when she can go to would she mediate when she can go to court and get it all and I thought what court and get it all and I thought what court and get it all and I thought what an attitude this guy's got but as it an attitude this guy's got but as it an attitude this guy's got but as it turns out that's exactly what I found turns out that's exactly what I found turns out that's exactly what I found over the last 13 years okay I got to over the last 13 years okay I got to over the last 13 years okay I got to challenge you a little bit on that challenge you a little bit on that challenge you a little bit on that because I know several cases where men because I know several cases where men have certainly been taken advantage of because I know several cases where men have certainly been taken advantage of have certainly been taken advantage of and they do not see their children and and they do not see their children and and they do not see their children and they probably pay far too much money in they probably pay far too much money in they probably pay far too much money in terms of support payments but there are terms of support payments but there are terms of support payments but there are just as many deadbeat dads out there and just as many deadbeat dads out there and just as many deadbeat dads out there and just as many negligent fathers well I'd just as many negligent fathers well I'd just as many negligent fathers well I'd like to see the statistics on that if like to see the statistics on that if like to see the statistics on that if you're if you're looking at the you're if you're looking at the you're if you're looking at the statistics that talk about deadbeat dads statistics that talk about deadbeat dads statistics that talk about deadbeat dads and in my book I covered to a large and in my book I covered to a large and in my book I covered to a large extent the court and the the system extent the court and the the system itself the enforcement agencies the extent the court and the the system itself the enforcement agencies the itself the enforcement agencies the government are the largest creator of government are the largest creator of government are the largest creator of deadbeat debts deadbeat debts deadbeat debts there are about 600,000 custody or there are about 600,000 custody or there are about 600,000 custody or support orders in Canada right now 75% support orders in Canada right now 75% support orders in Canada right now 75% of those or 450,000 of those are in of those or 450,000 of those are in of those or 450,000 of those are in arrears if somebody can tell me that arrears if somebody can tell me that arrears if somebody can tell me that we've got set 450,000 deadbeat dads I we've got set 450,000 deadbeat dads I we've got set 450,000 deadbeat dads I would like to challenge them with that would like to challenge them with that would like to challenge them with that statistic I tell you what Frank the statistic I tell you what Frank the statistic I tell you what Frank the government you're trying to lobby the government you're trying to lobby the government to make presumptive joint government you're trying to lobby the government to make presumptive joint government to make presumptive joint custody the law first of all what is custody the law first of all what is custody the law first of all what is presumptive joint custody says when when presumptive joint custody says when when presumptive joint custody says when when the divorce happens rather than either the divorce happens rather than either the divorce happens rather than either parent having to justify custody of the parent having to justify custody of the parent having to justify custody of the children the presumption is that before children the presumption is that before children the presumption is that before divorce both parents will equal parents divorce both parents will equal parents divorce both parents will equal parents I should that change after divorce so I should that change after divorce so I should that change after divorce so the presumption is that those rules that the presumption is that those rules that the presumption is that those rules that the parents had prior to the divorce the parents had prior to the divorce the parents had prior to the divorce there's no reason that should change there's no reason that should change after divorce there's no reason that should change after divorce after divorce why now decide that the kids need to to why now decide that the kids need to to why now decide that the kids need to to be moved from from two parents don't be moved from from two parents don't be moved from from two parents don't want parents now that would be 1 or 50% want parents now that would be 1 or 50% want parents now that would be 1 or 50% joint custody right 50% access or living joint custody right 50% access or living joint custody right 50% access or living with dad and 50% living with mom is that with dad and 50% living with mom is that with dad and 50% living with mom is that what you mean absolutely now how do any what you mean absolutely now how do any what you mean absolutely now how do any provinces is is that a law anywhere in provinces is is that a law anywhere in provinces is is that a law anywhere in Canada no it is not could it be Canada no it is not could it be Canada no it is not could it be absolutely it makes sense well the thing absolutely it makes sense well the thing absolutely it makes sense well the thing is and that's not you get it done Frank is and that's not you get it done Frank how do you go about doing this ready is and that's not you get it done Frank how do you go about doing this ready how do you go about doing this ready writing a book is all well and good writing a book is all well and good writing a book is all well and good I'm sure you've got the supportive to a I'm sure you've got the supportive to a I'm sure you've got the supportive to a number of fathers who don't get to see number of fathers who don't get to see number of fathers who don't get to see their children as often as they feel their children as often as they feel their children as often as they feel they should how do you get it changed in they should how do you get it changed in they should how do you get it changed in law well right you're absolutely right law well right you're absolutely right law well right you're absolutely right writing a book is not good what it needs writing a book is not good what it needs writing a book is not good what it needs to be what needs to be done is to be to be what needs to be done is to be to be what needs to be done is to be exposed to the public exposed to the public exposed to the public the public needs to generate the the the public needs to generate the the wherewithal to change the minds of the the public needs to generate the the wherewithal to change the minds of the wherewithal to change the minds of the government let's face it in Canada the government let's face it in Canada the government let's face it in Canada the only currency is the vote the only currency is the vote the only currency is the vote the Conservative Party right now has in Conservative Party right now has in Conservative Party right now has in their declaration a presumption to share their declaration a presumption to share their declaration a presumption to share parenting I'm not sure why they're parenting I'm not sure why they're parenting I'm not sure why they're delaying on it it hasn't been one of delaying on it it hasn't been one of delaying on it it hasn't been one of their five priorities hopefully it will their five priorities hopefully it will their five priorities hopefully it will be on the agenda and I've written Prime be on the agenda and I've written Prime be on the agenda and I've written Prime Minister Harper asking when that will Minister Harper asking when that will Minister Harper asking when that will happen I haven't had a response but happen I haven't had a response but basically if I think if the public knew happen I haven't had a response but basically if I think if the public knew basically if I think if the public knew the extent of the of the damage being the extent of the of the damage being the extent of the of the damage being done by the Canadian family justice done by the Canadian family justice done by the Canadian family justice system which is supposedly supposed to system which is supposedly supposed to system which is supposedly supposed to be a pillar of justice human rights and be a pillar of justice human rights and be a pillar of justice human rights and equality for all equality for all equality for all that'll bides by a Charter of Rights and that'll bides by a Charter of Rights and that'll bides by a Charter of Rights and Freedoms what's going on I think if the Freedoms what's going on I think if the Freedoms what's going on I think if the public was aware of what's going on I public was aware of what's going on I public was aware of what's going on I think you would see significant change I think you would see significant change I think you would see significant change I think the issues that are presented if think the issues that are presented if we think if we see the family as a think the issues that are presented if we think if we see the family as a we think if we see the family as a building block as a cornerstone of our building block as a cornerstone of our building block as a cornerstone of our country then the destruction done to country then the destruction done to country then the destruction done to families which affects 50 percent should families which affects 50 percent should families which affects 50 percent should be number one on the priorities it be number one on the priorities it be number one on the priorities it should it should Eclipse everything should it should Eclipse everything should it should Eclipse everything whether it be the Maroni Schreiber whether it be the Maroni Schreiber whether it be the Maroni Schreiber affair whether it be tasers whether it affair whether it be tasers whether it affair whether it be tasers whether it be understood be understood be understood many other issues of the day well with many other issues of the day well with many other issues of the day well with divorce that as you say the 50% rate divorce that as you say the 50% rate perhaps it's time that we took a much divorce that as you say the 50% rate perhaps it's time that we took a much perhaps it's time that we took a much closer look at the way it's handled in closer look at the way it's handled in closer look at the way it's handled in family court Frank Simes is the author family court Frank Simes is the author family court Frank Simes is the author of courts from hell good luck with the of courts from hell good luck with the of courts from hell good luck with the book Frank and thanks for joining us book Frank and thanks for joining us book Frank and thanks for joining us thanks very much flavor beyond