No Fault Divorce Canada

Ironically no-fault divorce was intended to reduce divorce rates and remove acrimony from divorce proceedings. But in Canada the numbers are stark. Before the introduction of the Divorce Act the divorce rate sat a 8%. By 1987, after the institution of no-fault divorce that figure had skyrocketed to
44%…..Vanier Institute of the family

Divorce in Canada is so called no-fault. Essentially this means that the law does not seek to determine and lay blame as to who was at fault or caused the end of the marriage.

  • I had my rights as a parent taken away?

  • Was ordered out of my home.

  • I had access with my kids restricted.

  • My ex was free to move 2 of the 4 kids 1,500 kms away from me and their siblings with no questions. Can you imagine if I had done that?

  • I had to pay out a pension for asset equalization that I can’t touch until I’m 60 and now understand I may still need to pay support on moneys already equalized.

  • I had to pay out a pension for asset equalization that I can’t touch until I’m 60 and now understand I may still need to pay support on moneys already equalized.

  • Over the years have paid over $600,000 in support, legal fees and related costs yet my ex was not required to pay a cent.

  • Kids of the same marriage living with me weren’t even acknowledged by the law (Child Support Guidelines).

  • I have done everything possible to solely take care of now 2 separate families and my thanks is to be treated like a criminal in Family Court. As a final insult another irrational judgement by Judge Speyer forced me into bankruptcy.

  • I have been subjected to demeaning enforcement for non-payment of support 2 months after losing my job when the process to change a support court order takes minimum of 8 months.

  • I’m required to pay support for children living with my ex over the age of majority (who I love dearly) until they are finished their 5 year University programs, yet children living with me were disadvantaged and discriminated against and left to fend for themselves as there was nothing left. Another effort to entice the children away from the father. This while I’m trying to recover from bankruptcy forced by an irrational court in the first place.

  • Although I am bankrupt and out of work I do not qualify for legal aid and must represent myself in court against the lawyer I am ordered to pay for my ex. As I told judge Czutrin….this is absolutely disgusting.

Her answer was No:
The court considers you have to have 2 dependents. If you decide not to work the court will impute income to you so you will be ordered to pay support.

CONSEQUENCES OF DIVORCE FOR PARENTS

This blog post includes an excerpt from the 2006 book Courts From Hell by Frank Simons

Frank Simons Courts From Hell