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Friday, June 14, 2013

Canada family law gets worse

I posted before about a new British Columbia Canada family law, and now the Spearhead blog is tracking the consequences:
British Columbia may now have the dubious distinction of having the worst family law on earth or, in other words, the most “progressive.” I reported on the new BC Family Law Act back in March, and it’s one of those things that just gets worse and worse the more you learn about it.

The first thing to come to light in the press is that you can be automatically married simply by living with someone for two years, which means they can sue you for a very real divorce. Another thing that can trigger marriage is getting a woman pregnant. But it turns out that this has an optional clause for women: if she doesn’t want you to be the kid’s official father, there isn’t much you can do about it. Even if you know the kid is yours, you have to jump through all sorts of hoops simply to be approved by the state and then granted the title “father.” ...

Amazingly, this law gives women the ability to not only throw the real father out of the child’s life, but to substitute another guy and then ID him as the father if he took the kid out to McDonald’s or the movies a few times. The law makes no distinction between the child’s biological father and any other guy. It’s really all just up to mom — whatever she thinks is in her best interests.
I understand the libertarian effort to replace marriate with marriage-like relationships that the partners voluntarily define. But this is the opposite. It gives Canadian family court judges the authority to define the relationship, money, and child custody, regardless of what the couple agreed.

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