March 10, 2009

A Judge's View of "The Bitter Realities of Family Court"

In his new book, Tug of War (A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court), Judge Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice has a thing or two to say about the family law system to couples considering divorce.

And he should know - before being appointed to the bench, Judge Brownstone worked with the Ontario Legal Aid research facility, where he focused on family law, and later the Minister of the Attorney-General as director of the Family Support Plan, a branch which is responsible for administering child support and spousal custody orders.

Last week, the Globe and Mail hosted an online discussion with Judge Brownstone, prompting an overwhelming number of questions and comments from the public. So much so that the Globe added a second online discussion today. The online discussion is worth reading, both because it is full of helpful advice and practical tips, but also because the kinds of questions themselves indicate how confusing, expensive and time-consuming family law proceedings can be. In his book, and online, Judge Brownstone addresses a number of issues, including common myths about custody issues, when to hire a lawyer, and how to increase visitation and access rights.


  1. Great blog, Shannon. I'm going to add it to my faves - very informative!


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