Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Comments left on Globe & Mail re slowness in our legal System

November 11, 2008

I left the below comments on the Globe and mail web site in response to a Clayton Ruby op-ed piece on the slowness of our legal system (I don't use the word justice system) and an editorial on the same topic. Mr. Ruby's comments are here

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081110.wcotrial11/BNStory

and the editorial is here.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081110.webail11/BNStory/specialComment

The legal system has different branches. Superior court judges do criminal, civil and family law cases. Like any problem it has to be broken into smaller bites to resolve.

I for one believe the family law system is in need of great change which would free resources for other areas of law. One major change would be to change the divorce act to a presumption of shared and equal parenting for both parents barring abuse. This will reduce court time and likely reduce the divorce rate. Currently we have a highly biased legal system that gives custody and many financial entitlements to females in over 90% of contested and uncontested cases. This is not justice this is discrimination based on gender. If a parent knows they are going to get custody, child support, government cheques, spousal support, the family home and indirectly control of your ex through all this then eh, go for it says most family lawyers in Canada. They pocket a lot of money from the devastating results.

Father removal from their children by family courts also likely contributes to the increase in gang gun violence along with a whole plethora of other social issues. What if this helps further reduce crime and thus the burden on the courts. There is more - but it will appear in my book when finished.

My goodness have I globbed onto something here? Is there any politicians besides two dozen or so at the federal level listening. Hopefully these brave family oriented MP's can help change the fundamentals of family destruction in our country. Hopefully they can help keep those father's who want to stay part of their children's lives beyond visiting 14% of the month involved on an ongoing basis as real parents.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to point out that batteries of both psychological testing and case studies have shown that children with broken paternal relationships are most often able to develop and flourish as individuals successfully while a healthy relationship with the mother still exists. The opposite proves true for children raised with a poor mothering experience - regardless of the father's stances, whether he is a "good" father or not, the child usually ends up with any number of deeply rooted traumas.

Basically, Mike, if your little website wasn't idiotic enough on its own right (and trust me, it is), our own brains are wired to resist the ideas you're espousing here.

Anonymous said...

You should also read up on the socialization of young elephants, they are very similar in this.

Michael J. Murphy said...

Would you please offer the attributions for these studies.

I always welcome mothers to my sites. Many leave thoughtful and intelligent comments to enhance dialogue.

Some, however, do not and this tends to reinforce a notion that many are out for their "entitlements" and will do anything to get men which is unfortunate. After all every man on the face of the earth once had a mother.

Michael J. Murphy said...

I find it interesting to see these kinds of comments on Remembrance Day. This is the day of the year we remember men and fathers, for the most part, as no feminist would ever wear a uniform in combat, for their sacrifices in past wars and one current one. It is interesting that it is men and fathers who fight and die for these people to have their freedom to at the least be rude and more often just plain misandric. Its called freedom of speech.

Yet if someone has a difference of opinion they then bring out the overused words such as he's a misogynist and abuser.

Such is life when dealing with serious issues like equal parenting.

The work of Fathers 4 Justice and the Pain of Fathers ~ Activism in the UK

Equal and Shared Parenting ~ The Movie