Virtual Library of Newspaper Articles

'Kids come first' in new divorce law

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) December 11, 2002

OTTAWA - The federal government is proposing changes to the divorce law aimed at reducing conflict and making life easier for children in family break ups, Justice Minister Martin Cauchon said Tuesday.

Martin Cauchon

"Kids come first," he said.

The words "custody" and "access" will disappear from the legislation, as part of an effort to remove the idea of winners and losers from divorces.

Under the new system, "parents don't have rights vis-a-vis the child. They have responsibilities," Cauchon said. The new model will be "a less-adversarial system."

But he was unable to explain to reporters exactly what would change for the child of divorcing parents, other than to say "the approach."

Judges will be given a list of criteria to consider when making a parenting order. Today there are no formal criteria.

There are more than 1.3 million single-parent families in Canada, and 43 per cent of Canadian marriages end in divorce.

Cauchon said there will be more family services, legislative reform and more family courts.

More Judges
The federal government will commit $63 million over five years to the project. Ottawa will contribute $16.1 million a year to pay for 62 new judges (46 promoted from provincial courts) for family courts. That should speed up the system, and the hope is the provinces will reinvest the money they save on the judges' salaries to pay for family justice services.

Many family law experts say the money's not enough.

"Even if all of that were to go to mediation, over a five year period, over all of the provinces and territories, it seems to me to be generally inadequate to do a fair and competent job in resolving conflict with children," said Toronto divorce lawyer Joel Miller.

The changes will encourage the parents to seek mediation and counselling to resolve custody disputes, with Ottawa paying some of the costs.

Cauchon rejected calls from critics for a more radical change to the divorce laws.

A special parliamentary committee on child custody recommended that "shared parenting" is the only concept that would ensure both parents play a significant role in their children's lives after a divorce.

Written by CBC News Online staff

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Paternity Fraud - TV Show - Canada

CBC News Sunday

Paternity Fraud TV Show
CBC News: Sunday

CBC News Sunday- TV Show - paternity Fraud - Canadian Children's Rights Council - Judith Huddart

An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.

This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.

Globe and Mail - Paternity Fraud statistics for Canada

Canada's largest
national newspaper

Mommy's little secret

The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 14, 2002.

Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.

Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.

BBC News logo

One in 25 fathers 'not the daddy'

Up to one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, UK health researchers estimate.

Increasing use of genetic testing for medical and legal reasons means Read More ..uples are discovering the biological proof of who fathered the child.

The Liverpool John Moores University team reached its estimate based on research findings published between 1950 and 2004.

The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Biological father
Professor Mark Bellis and his team said that the implications of so-called paternal discrepancy were huge and largely ignored, even though the incidence was increasing.

In the US, the number of paternity tests increased from 142,000 in 1991 to 310,490 in 2001.