Divorce Law Essay

1364 Words Oct 16th, 1999 6 Pages
Divorce is a growing epidemic in Canada and the United States. It affects both parties involved, being the spouses, and also has a profound affect on children of the marriage. Recently our government has been revising the old divorce act. It was apparent that it was time to revise the act because it did not properly protect the children from being caught in the middle of things.

Divorce is defined as follows: to dissolve legally a marriage between; separate (one of a married couple) from the other by divorce . The Canadian constitution allows only the federal government to set divorce law. The government of Canada has a divorce act, and because it is a federal law, it applies fully and equally in all parts of Canada and to all Canadian
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In my opinion the children are affected the most in the case of a divorce and me must take special care in assuring that the lives of the children and their relationships with parents and relatives go as undisturbed as possible.

If implemented, the proposals would represent one of the largest changes to the thirty-year-old law since Canada adopted the no-fault divorce in 1985. Potentially, it would affect the lives of millions of Canadians.

Surveys show that in 1994 and 1995 alone, more than 4700 children were the subject of custody orders when parents at war could not settle their disagreements. This just doesn't seem very fair. The children of divorce deserve the love and support of both their parents. Post divorce hostility often causes loss of contact with grandparents and other relatives. This definitely needs to stop. There is no need for these relationships to be in danger.

The divorce act has been mentioned several times and has thus far been undefined. It was created by the government in attempt to simplify the law, reduce the numerous grounds for divorce, and respond to social changes and pressure for reform. The act came into effect on June 1st, 1986.

The term marriage breakdown is the origin of the term no-fault divorce. This allows that neither party is totally at fault or to blame for the divorce, the marriage has simply broken down.

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