Given the probabilities of separation or divorce when combined with the possibilities in legal outcomes: Why even bother to consider your moving to and living in Canada?
“In Canada, nearly 42 percent of first marriages end in divorce.” [According to the Calgary Counselling Centre 2011 website.] In other words, more than 4 out of every 10 first marriages end in divorce (it is not stated there if common law or living-together relationships are counted, but if not, then the percentage of marriage-like relationships ending can be much higher). Some people who make bets may say to men, the odds against you are high.
Here is a short list of laws enacted in Canada that may have permanent, life-altering consequences for men who have lived with or married women in Canada, separated from those women, and then are at risk under legislation, as follows: (Downloadable links in red)
- The Federal Divorce Act (Canada): Downloadable PDF here and be sure to download and read Canada’s Child Support Guidelines section of this legislation (also introduced May 1997).
- The federal Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act: Downloadable PDF here
- The Ontario Provincial Divorce Act: See several links here
No Escape Once Tagged - And, for men “tagged” by the government thinking they may escape to other countries in the world, Canada has obtained international reciprocal agreements with a significant number of countries around the world and you will be pursued through the courts in those countries. See a downloadable PDF from the federal government of Canada here.
Practical Advice to Men: Makes No Sense to Start Canadian Family
In 1997, the Liberal Leadership of Canada desired to modify behavior by modifying Family Laws and Child Support Guidelines. Since May 1997, those Laws and their provincial derivatives have “evolved” into what some Family Lawyers say is “over-reaching” legislation (said in an understated manner so as not to enrage the Courts and some judges prone to indignation). When the Liberal’s set of Family Laws is coupled with the prevailing odds of separation or divorce, it makes no practical sense for men to have a “meaningful relationship” with or to be in a marriage in Canada, or evidently worse, to start a family. Simply put, it is irrational to start a family in Canada. How’s that for modifying one’s behavior?
Paternity Protection in Full
If you are already in Canada, or if you are just arriving, and destined to stay, the very next act you must do to protect yourself is to immediately go to a clinic and get a vasectomy so that you can not possibly make the mistake of accidentally getting a woman in Canada pregnant. In the least, experts agree, unplanned pregnancies are highly irresponsible on your part. Again, the rules make no sense to leave yourself unprotected in full. Until the faith-based organizations professing the joys of children can convince the governments of Canada to remove their legislative boots from the necks of men, you are best advised to take this ultimate precaution.
Caution, Marriage in Canada May Be Hazardous: Motivated women may be combined with the monetary gains presented to them by numerous Divorce Lawyers who have shown themselves to freely and liberally use any and all methods available to them to attack men’s assets, men’s incomes, and men’s life-long pension incomes. We can see examples of this reported in Sections E and F – Gender Bias in Courts, and, Unethical Practices by Family Lawyers detailed in the Joint Senate and House Committee Report, “For the Sake of the Children” available for all to read on the Internet, here. That has been the situation since inception of the law in 1997.
In a study in the American Law and Economics Review (2000) by authors from University of Iowa and Simon Fraser University (B.C.) we read that in Canada and the U.S., the majority of divorces are initiated (filed) by women and initiated due to a clearly perceived economic windfall.Remember, no-fault divorce is the standard in Canada and women can file for it at any time.
Canadian Family Court Judge: “Stay Out!”
Some of the best advice to men in Canada so far comes from a judge in the family court system: Stay out of the Courts. The situation in Canada has apparently become so outrageous that Justice Brownstone has written his own book telling Canadians to stay out of family courts. See more about Justice Brownstone’s book here.
Money For Nothing - We haven’t even touched on the subject of how much it costs in lawyer’s fees when it comes to facing the challenges of appearing in Canada’s family courts. Reportedly, men pay tens of thousands of dollars (not deductible) if it goes simply well. If not, and the split is acrimonious, men should be prepared to spend from tens up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many men file for bankruptcy following divorce. Even if men hire the “best of the best” of family lawyers, there is absolutely no guarantee that the man will come out unscathed, unharmed or undamaged in any way. In other words, he’s spent his money for nothing. But he had little to no choice to do so.
And New Immigrants Not Likely to Survive the Hit - A thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand in legal fees? In any way, not many immigrants could survive that economic hit. Once the courts have reduced men into poverty, men in Canada can only hope to apply for social assistance and acquiesce to the deductions from those amounts to pay the court-ordered support to the former spouse.
Legislators’ Ludicrous Logic - Letting the governments of Canada pay the former spouse because the father simply cannot once his pockets have been emptied by the process seems ludicrous in logic. The man is made penniless. His children are raised fatherless. Sociologists and Child Psychologists advise that children trend into a psychosis and some into criminal behavior, plus they pass that to their next generation, and around we go again.
- With odds clearly against men for a failed marriage; and,
- With the evidence that motivated women will file for divorce at the drop of a hat; and
- With overwhelming results against men when dragged into family court; and
- In the father’s first court appearance he loses his meaningful relationships with his children;
Then we ask simply and in all practicality: