Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ontario: More Family Law Change Coming Tomorrow

Canadian Press reports on procedural changes for Ontario's family law courts that will be announced tomorrow by Attorney-General Chris Bentley:

TORONTO — Ontario will announce changes to the way it deals with family law on Thursday in a bid to make the divorce process faster, cheaper and less combative, The Canadian Press has learned.

Attorney General Chris Bentley is set to unveil several changes that he said address complaints about the expense and length of divorce and custody proceedings, making the process as easy as possible for the families involved.

...Under the changes, people will have more access to legal advice from the outset, as well as to options like mediation, arbitration or collaborative law, which are much less combative than the court process.

That will also free up court time for cases that must be argued through the system, although those will now have less paperwork and fewer steps so that people can get to a judge - and a decision - sooner.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

Update: December 17, 2009

The Attorney-General's press release is here, and frankly, is surprisingly thin on the details of this initiative and the changes ahead. The only additional news is that the program will launch in Brampton and Milton courts, initially.

- GJW

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