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By the Honourable Justice Harvey P. Brownstone
We are all aware that the single most important area of law that touches more people's lives than any other is family law. This is because family breakdown has reached epidemic proportions in North America, due in part to the facility and speed with which the multiplicity of social networking websites on the internet have enabled people to embark upon and terminate relationships. In recent years, family courts across the continent have become clogged with an avalanche of unsuccessful short-term relationships – relationships that were just long enough to produce a child. There is every reason to assume that this trend will continue as more and more people choose to engage in intimate relationships with partners they barely know.
Despite the widespread incidence of relationship breakdown, most people I encounter in my courtroom are remarkably ignorant of even the most basic principles of family law. The fact that in most major centers in Canada, up to 70% of all family court litigants are self-represented, only makes the problem worse. And the fact that a great number of family court cases involve vulnerable children caught in the middle of high conflict parental disputes, makes the situation urgent for the parents and children involved...
Category: In the NewsBy Family Matters - September 30, 2011No Comments
Justice Brownstone was recently honoured by his colleagues for his tireless efforts to help educate the public about family law. He was presented with the Canadian Bar Association's Colleague in the Spotlight award August 15th at the CBA's annual Canadian Legal Conference held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Our production assistant and friend of Family Matters, Omar Ha-Redeye, attended with Justice Brownstone and was kind enough to take this picture and footage of the ceremony:
By Family Matters - August 18, 20101 Comment
Justice Brownstone will be honoured this year with the 'Colleague in the Spotlight' award August 15, 2010 at the Canadian Bar Association's annual Canadian Legal Conference in Niagara Falls. "We traditionally point the spotlight at a colleague residing in the province hosting the annual conference. This year’s colleague in the spotlight is Harvey Brownstone."By Family Matters - June 18, 20101 Comment