Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | Categories: Episodes
January is the busiest month for divorce filings. Some judges and lawyers believe it's time to overhaul family law since the system is too adversarial to sensitively deal with marriage breakup. (iStock)
January is known as "divorce month" to family law professionals. It's a time where divorce filings are highest as couples holding out for the holidays start exploring their options for ending their marriages.
Canada's divorce rate is around 40%, which means many people will have to navigate the family law system at one point in their lives.
A report released last fall by the the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters paints a sobering picture of what that's like: a combative and adversarial system, high costs and a lack of legal aid for those who can't afford divorce lawyers.
To explore the effects of a lack of access to justice in family law, we were joined by:
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This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Alexa Huffman.