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Dads are parents, too
Tuesday July 12th, 2016
Poor, poor, poor Gwen Stefani. The Hollywood star split from her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015. But that’s not why we must pity her. After all, Stefani’s marriage lasted longer than those of most of her peers. No, the reason Stefani feels she has a claim on our sympathy is that she discovered, to her horror, that when couples split up, their children – in ...
Want to help society? Let kids know their fathers
Tuesday June 14th, 2016
Fathers Day — celebrated this Sunday — is rapidly becoming the most meaningless holiday of the year. Or, for too many kids, the saddest. U.S. government statistics tell us that over a third of all American children are not living in two-parent homes: forty per cent of children are born out of wedlock and between 33-50 per cent of children of divorce ...
How the Tories abandoned desperate fathers
Tuesday October 27th, 2015
I had a bad moment last week, and it’s (largely) Stephen Harper’s fault. Walking home from the grocery store, my mobile rang. It was a young father I’ll call Kassim, who is in a nightmarish court battle to maintain his bond with a daughter being systematically alienated by a (well-documented) vengeful mother. Expert witnesses have endorsed him as a loving, co...
Giving daddy a raw deal on child-support payments
Wednesday September 10th, 2014
In 1985, with feminism still at its height, U.S. sociologist Lenore Weitzman published a book, The Divorce Revolution, in which she claimed to have analyzed a sample of Los Angeles-area divorced individuals in the 1970s, and found that the living standard of the men increased by an average of 42% after their divorce, while the women’s living standard decreased by an average of 73%....
Stephen Harper’s last chance to make life fairer for suffering fathers
Monday May 26th, 2014
Tomorrow, May 27, will feature the conclusion of parliamentary debate on Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott’s private member’s Bill C-560, which proposes an amendment to Canada’s Divorce Act that would protect children’s right, in the absence of proven neglect or abuse, to love and be loved equally by both parents after separation. Our now-superannuated parad...
Keeping both parents in the picture
Wednesday April 30th, 2014
MP Maurice Vellacott’s child-custody reform proposal, Bill C-560, is coming up for second reading on May 7. The private member’s bill aims to reduce incentives for family-law litigation over children after separation. To that end, it proposes a rebuttable presumption that, unless it can be established that children are better off in some other parenting plan, the best interes...
After a divorce, equal parenting rights should be the norm
Wednesday March 19th, 2014
In 1999, an exhaustively researched Joint House-Senate committee report, entitled “For the Sake of the Children,” offered recommendations whose spirit is encapsulated in Bill C-560, which will move to second reading in Parliament on March 25. If passed, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott’s private member’s bill will serve to amend the Divorce Act to create a ...
Parenthood is not the government’s job
Thursday December 19th, 2013
I felt sympathy for federal minister for industry James Moore the other day, when he uttered those fateful words to a Vancouver radio reporter: “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” It sounded Scrooge-like, but wasn’t. As Andrew Coyne noted, the question did not spring from a lack of concern for hungry children — Moore mad...
Real family-law reform must start with shared parenting
Wednesday October 16th, 2013
No one in government can use ignorance as an excuse for tolerating Canada’s dysfunctional legal system: Several recent reports have laid the problem bare. Last April, the federal government released a special-committee report, “Meaningful Change for Family Justice: Beyond Wise Words,” which stated: “Canadians do not have adequate access to family justice.” I...
Fair play for divorced dads
Wednesday April 3rd, 2013
Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has commissioned a report aimed at overhauling Canada’s family-law system. Its recommendations, which will be officially released later this month, reportedly include strategies for streamlining the legal process, encouraging mediation and reducing litigation. The report will note that the number of self-representing litigants in...
One father’s fight for gender-neutral justice
Wednesday October 17th, 2012
Officially sanctioned injustice focuses the victim’s mind wonderfully. When such an injustice befalls someone of high intelligence, iron will and an enormous reservoir of patience, sometimes one person can change a system. Meet Toronto tax consultant Lucien Khodeir. Khodeir got screwed over years ago through Canada’s recipient-biased 1997 Child Support Guidelines. He tasked h...
A Father's Day Downer
Sunday June 17th, 2012
From the loving, engaged portrayals of fathers featured in recent popular movies like “The Descendants,” “Moneyball” and “A Better Life” — all three performances were nominated for Academy Awards — one might conclude American dads are culturally valued. Look again. The mothers in these films are comatose, divorced or dead. It’s no ...
It takes two to raise a child
Wednesday February 15th, 2012
Equal shared parenting is objectively fair to both sexes and to children, and thus a win-win-win. Two weeks ago the U.K. government announced its intention to amend the 1989 Children’s Act. Changes will include a “presumption of shared parenting” to ensure that children’s relationships with both parents continues after separation. Under the current adversa...
Denying fathers their rights
Wednesday June 15th, 2011
Barbara Kay, National Post · Jun. 15, 2011 | Last Updated: Jun. 15, 2011 3:03 AM ET Shania Twain recently published a memoir detailing her anguish at her ex-husband's affair with her best friend. In the end, Shania found happiness with the friend's betrayed husband, by her account a straight-arrow guy, a terrific father to his own daughter and a much-admired step-fathe...
Give fathers their rights back
Wednesday September 22nd, 2010
Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 In the name of changing social mores and social justice, Ottawa's 1998 Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access recommended equal parenting as the default custody presumption (in the absence of abuse) after separation. The report then fell into a political black hole. Today, a tip of a ...
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