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CBA opposes equal parenting-time bill
CRISTIN SCHMITZ OTTAWA
The Canadian Bar Association
(CBA) has come out swinging
against a Conservative private
members’ bill that would amend
the Divorce Act to presumptively
give divorced parents equal time
with their children.
This summer the CBA’s
national family law section issued
a 14-page defence of the Divorce
Act’s longstanding requirement
that children’s best interests are
the sole touchstone when determining matters related to their
care, custody and access.
Calling Saskatoon MP Mau-
rice Vellacott’s proposed legisla-
tion “a tremendous step back-
ward in the development of
family law,” the CBA contends
Bill C-422 prefers parents’ rights
over that of children and, if
passed, would “encourage con-
tentious litigation in future cases
of family breakdown, and equally
important, would cause thou-
sands of children to be re-exposed
to litigation and conflict as many
settled cases would be reopened.”
Fathers’ rights and equal
parenting groups, such as the
Canadian Equal Parenting
Council, an umbrella group of
35 organizations with more
than 9,100 members, have been
pushing for years, with some
success, to muster MP support
across party lines for legislating
a rebuttable presumption of
shared equal parenting.
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