Although it seems callous to talk of family failures within the business context, it helps to define this dimension. When families break up there is a real impact to our nation ’s bottom line. If the cost can be evaluated, assessments can be made with respect to the business investment, the pay back opportunity can be determined and action substantiated.
- What is the financial cost to society?
- When you add up the costs incurred by society what is the real cost?
When you include public funding for items such as courts and legal subsidization, additional cost to healthcare, education systems and other social institutions, increase in crime, policing, welfare, E.I., support and enforcement agencies, the impact on workplace productivity and placement, personal bankruptcies, crime and the future costs related to perpetuating such a situation. Although buried in our social fabric they are real costs that impact the country’s bottom line and from global business perspective impacts our competitiveness
For society as a whole, the dissolution of marriage is a costly proposition. It is so in terms of consequent problems for children, including juvenile delinquency, welfare costs for those single- parent families that fall into poverty, health costs, as well as loss of productivity on the part of affected adults.
I have made reference to the size of the Canadian divorce industry. Following is a breakdown of the core components.
Where details for Canada were not available, the estimate is based on divorce in ontario numbers. With one-third of the total population the totals for Canada were prorated accordingly.
In those cases where input numbers included Civil and Criminal justice, the proportion to Family Justice was approximated. These costs do not include the many other associated costs such as mediators, social workers, police, children’s aid societies, etc. They are just the costs related to the Family Court portion.
Yearly Canada Costs For Family Justice Only:
Cost of Judges Salary – $300,000,000
Cost of Administration, Operations, $400,000,000
Cost of court security – $100,000,000
Cost of Legal Aid – $200,000,000
Cost of Enforcement – $120,000,000
Cost of Lawyers – $4,600,000,000