Family court failed Bedard, daughter

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Published : January 05, 2007

 

 

Re: "Alleged child abduction cases, Lisi Tesher’s column, Jan. 3:

 

I am always perplexed as to why it appears that there always appears to be so much emphasis on the emotional state of women, particularly when it involves child custody matters.

 

I agree with your article. I, however, believe there could have been value added if you were to emphasize the role and impact our family courts have fostered by not insisting upon shared custody for responsible parents instead of generally awarding primary custody to most women.


It is deeply troubling to me when it is evident that regardless of an increase in domestic violence and ill behaviour being rooted in acrimonious divorce and custody issues, that at no point the media nor the legal community challenge the role of our courts and recognize equal parenting as a viable standard or alternative.


It is clear our courts continues to tilt toward an outdated practice of enforcing an imbalance in custody matters, a position which has possibly succeeded in changing once "responsible fathers" to minimums (alternate weekend visitations); thereby creating an atmosphere of bitterness and unwillingness to participate above the set standards.


In my humble opinion it is ultimately the judicial system that has failed Olympic champion Myriam Bedard (assuming that she is innocent) as no child deserves the precedent established by our family courts.


 
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