The Child-centred Family Justice Strategy: Baseline Information from Family Law Practitioners


RESEARCH REPORT

December 2005

Prepared by:

Presented to:
Family, Children and Youth Section
Department of Justice Canada

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

  • Table 2.1
    Respondents' Continuing Education or Training on Family Law Issues in the Past Five Years
  • Table 2.2
    Characteristics of Respondents' Family Law Cases in the Past Year
  • Table 2.3
    Proportion of Respondents' Cases in the Past Year Resolved by Various Methods
  • Table 2.4
    Respondents' Reports as to Which Issues in Divorce and Variation Cases are Most Likely to Require a Trial and Judicial Decision to be Resolved
  • Table 2.5
    Respondents' Perceptions of How Well Informed Their Clients are at the Outset of Their Case
  • Table 2.6
    Respondents' Reports of How Often They Inform Clients About or Refer Clients to Various Family Justice Services
  • Table 2.7
    Extent to Which Respondents Agree that Unified Family Courts Accomplish Specific Objectives
  • Table 2.8
    Respondents' Perceptions of Whether Parenting Arrangements Made Through Specific Processes are Consistent with the Best Interests of the Child
  • Table 2.9
    Respondents' Perceptions of How Often Parents Share Decision Making in Specific Areas
  • Table 2.10
    Respondents' Perceptions of What the Circumstances are When Parents do not Comply with their Custody/Access Orders and How Frequently it Occurs
  • Table 2.11
    Proportion of Respondents Recommending Supervised Access or Exchange Under Various Circumstances
  • Table 2.12
    Respondents' Perceptions of How Often Specific Reasons are Given in Cases Where Parental Relocation is an Issue
  • Table 2.13
    Respondents' Perceptions of What the Circumstances are in Cases Where Parental Relocation is an Issue and How Frequently it Occurs
  • Table 2.14
    Respondents' Opinions Regarding Objectives of the Federal Child Support … Guidelines
  • Table 2.15
    Respondents' Perceptions of What the Circumstances are in Cases Where Spousal Support is an Issue and How Frequently it Occurs
  • Table 2.16
    Respondents' Reports on How the Court Addressed the Issue in Cases Involving Spousal Violence and How Frequently it Occurred
  • Table 2.17
    Respondents' Reports on How the Court Addressed the Issue in Cases Involving Child Abuse and How Frequently it Occurred

List of Figures

  • Figure 2.1
    Percentage of Respondents from Each Province or Territory
  • Figure 2.2
    Respondents' Views on How Much Weight Should be Given to the Preference of Children at Specified Age Ranges

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