Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Freeman found guilty
Australian man who threw daughter off bridge jailed for 32 years
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“One of Canada's best hopes for family-law reform is Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler: He is influential, has a track record of reform and has sounded a steady drumbeat for change. And his patience is wearing thin.”
From the Globe and Mail: “Attempts to reform Canada's family courts have created a patchwork of methods that vary widely from region to region. One key difference lies in the adoption of the unified family-court model, where a single judge, appointed jointly by the federal and provincial governments, deals with most family-court matters under one roof. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland have such courts. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, however, do not, and they lean heavily on generalist judges.”
The above comments are not accurate, at least as they apply to Ontario, since there are 17 Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations in Ontario: Barrie, Bracebridge, Brockville, Cobourg, Cornwall, Hamilton, Kingston, L'Orignal, Lindsay, London, Napanee, Newmarket, Oshawa/Whitby, Ottawa, Perth, Peterborough, and St. Catharines.
PRINCE ALBERT — Saskatchewan’s highest court has upheld the decision of the trial judge in the April Halkett case, agreeing the young Saskatchewan woman was not guilty of child abandonment.
Prosecutors appeal Wal-Mart baby case
'Parental Alienation Syndrome' – Judge (Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jerilyn Borack) Isn't Buying it
Ii seems there will always be naysayers.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Under proposed new arrangements, the Family Court will still have to consider whether divorced parents have encouraged a close and continuing relationship between the child and their former partner when awarding custody.
Libs back family law backdown
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“Claudine Dombrowski and her followers claim that there is no such entity as the Parental Alienation, it is only a theory. They state that they are advocates for women. To say that Parental Alienation Syndrome does not exist because it is not listed in DSM-IV is like saying in the 80s that AIDS does not exist because it is not listed in the medical books.”
"If someone is being deprived of his or her rights of parenting time, custody or even phone time with his or her children, judges must step in. They should issue sanctions including court costs, attorney fees and even jail time. In extreme cases, there should be a change of custody."
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The judge said his decision was based on the wishes of the boy, who, according to the court papers, claimed his mother was 'self-absorbed' and uninterested in his issues.
- On 19 February 2008, Bernice Sampson began the process of abdicating her responsibility to care for her child, Katelynn, by asking the Ontario Court of Justice to place her in the custody of Donna Irving, a known prostitute and drug addict, who lived with her partner Warren Johnson. The Court File listed Irving as the Applicant, although she was not a relative, and Sampson and Mark Letang as Respondents, although Letang was not present at the proceedings. During the proceedings, Sampson stated, among other things that: Letang was not the father of Katelynn; one George States was Katelynn's father, she did not want him to be a part of Katelynn's life; she approved of Irving's partner; no father was listed on Katelynn's birth certificate; the father was someone in Nova Scotia; and she would write up a piece of paper explaining to the Court, one way or another, what should be done about the father.
- On 6 June 2008, after additional court appearances, Irving was granted custody of Katelynn even though Letang, who was the father and who was believed to have been living in the Toronto area, had never been properly identified and notified of the ongoing proceedings.
- On 2 August 2008, Katelynn died while in the care of Irving, and she and Johnson were subsequently charged with second-degree murder.
- On 12 August 2008, Letang put his daughter's casket in a hearse after her funeral at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church in Toronto.
- On 24 November 2008, a Toronto Star headline and story appeared that read, in part "Changes to family law aimed at better protecting women, children", "Death of Katelynn Sampson weighed on attorney general and others who examined child custody laws in Ontario" and "We can no longer ignore the fact that the safety of women and children in this province must be paramount," said Zahra Dhanani, legal director for the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children". No mention, however was made of Letang.
- On 25 November 2008, the attorney general introduced Bill 133: Ontario's Family Statute Law Amendment Act.
Unfortunately, in the Province of Ontario, not a day goes by that some custodial parent fails to abide by court ordered custody of or access to a child.
While I am not usually an advocate of State intervention in such matters, I do believe the time is now to find a way for the Ontario to take the lead in the enforcement of court ordered custody and access, similar to what is done in the case of court ordered support payments and arrears of support.
The chance of this happening, however, are slim since it would seem that from the State's point of view, taking a proactive approach to the collection and dispersal of money is simple, politically correct, and apt to make the State look good; while dealing with the access issue would be complex, politically incorrect, and apt to make the State look bad.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Rebecca Lynn Koehler, 30, Chickasha, left a suicide note according to police records and had told her nine-year-old and six-year-old children that if they ingested the pills she was giving them then “the three of them would be together forever.”