April 5, 2022 – Most Common Parenting Arrangement In Some Circumstances
Gene C. Colman Introduction: It sure has been quite awhile since you have heard from me on this platform. I have a treat for you in this issue and the next few issues. We highlight Prof. Nicholas Bala’s recent article on Shared Parenting. While Prof. Bala does not support a rebuttable presumption in favour of Equal Shared Parenting as does yours truly, he is a highly respected legal scholar who is super knowledgeable on all matters “family law”. He expertly brings together an analysis of recent cases under the revised federal Divorce Act and the revised provincial legislation. He seems to tentatively suggest that some form of “shared parenting” is the wave of the future. HIs article is most surely worth a read by lawyer and layperson alike. Where you see bolded and italicized text – that’s me. The words themselves are Prof. Bala’s unless I indicate otherwise.
EXCERPTS FROM “THE 2021 CANADIAN PARENTING REFORMS: IS SHARED PARENTING THE NEW NORMAL?’
By Prof. N. Bala and Y. Ebsim,
Shared parenting now appears to be the most common parenting arrangement in Canada in cases where both parents have had a significant role in the lives of their children before separation.
The increased use of shared parenting in Canada is similar to trends in many other Western countries. The growing popularity of shared parenting reflects broader social, cultural and legislative change…
In a 2018 survey completed by 612 Canadian family lawyers, 93% of lawyers reported that three-quarters of their cases involved shared physical custody arrangements (operationalized as at least 40% of time with each parent).
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