Due to the tremendous force of gender role expectations, it has been a struggle for divorced men to bring their personal struggles into the public sphere. On a chilly November evening, I headed downtown to attend a lecture on "Disappearing Dad's", hosted by the Canadian Association for Equality. The event was heavily protested. The irony of the backlash at this lecture was that we were joining together to discuss an issue that affects men and women alike.
I am reproducing here a most insightful piece by my colleague, Philip Epstein. Mr. Epstein is one of the most foremost experts in family law in Canada. He has been a leader in many aspects of the system from directing the family law program at Ontario's Bar Admission Course to being intimately involved in law reform to being an informative and entertaining speaker at numerous legal education programs in Canada and abroad. I too have written about the necessity for systemic reform. When Phil says that the system is broken, we can believe him. The added bolded and italicized emphasis in Phil's text is courtesy of Gene C. Colman. The reproduction of Phil's article here is presented with his kind permission for which we heartily thank him. ... Gene C. Colman