Smoking With Children Present

Judge orders NO Smoking in parents' homes or cars

Webster v. Webster, 2006 SKQB 386 (CanLII)

Date: 2006-08-18

Docket: DIV 417/03 JCR

Parallel citations: (2006), 284 Sask. R. 151


Children's Law Act, 1997, S.S., 1997, c. C-8.2

Divorce Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. 3 (2nd Supp.)


Citation: 2006 SKQB 386

Date: 2006 08 18

Docket: D.I.V. No. 417/2003

Judicial Centre: Regina, Family Law Division



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Ian D. McKay, Q.C. for the petitioner

R. Bradley Hunter for the respondent


August 18, 2006

[13] The children's mother had been their primary caregiver not only when she resided in Indian Head but also at Fort St. James. This is an interim application which appears to have all the earmarks of proceeding to at least a pre-trial if not a trial. In an interim disposition of custody pending pre-trial or trial, the court examines the status quo as it existed at and prior to the date of application. If the children are managing or even flourishing under the status quo, the court should not interfere with the parenting arrangements as they exist. There is no excuse for Harlin Fry to punish Shelanie with a belt. The children's concern about second hand smoke, while legitimate, is not so compelling a complaint as to disturb the status quo. That can be addressed effectively with this interim order and that is what I intend to do.

[14] On balance, the children are managing and it would appear that their immediate best interests are being served by being returned to their mother's care and to resume their schooling at Fort St. James. I direct that the respondent turn the children over to the petitioner no later than 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2006.

[15] While the children are under the primary care of the petitioner, she shall not permit the children to be exposed to second hand smoke. Specifically, there shall be no smoking within the family home at Fort St. James nor the family vehicle. This eliminates the children's primary concern. Second, there shall be no use of corporal punishment to discipline any of the children. All further discipline of the children pending further order of this Court, shall be administered by the petitioner and not by her consort, Harlin Fry. This effectively addresses Shelanie's second reason for being hesitant to return to her mother's care.

[17] The petitioner and respondent were represented very ably by two of the most senior and respected lawyers in the Regina Family Bar. They understand the law and what is necessary to move this case forward in a meaningful fashion.

 Sandomirsky J.

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