A Basic Guide to Canadian Family Law is written for the average Canadian, but will no doubt also be of great use to judges, lawyers, mediators, and others who engage in family dispute resolution. It will be of special interest to those who are contemplating separation or divorce and are looking for basic information about the legal consequences they will face and about the alternative methods available for resolving domestic disputes. Lawyers, mediators, and other professionals who engage in dispute resolution may find it useful for their clients, as will self-represented litigants. This book will also be of interest to students in schools, colleges, and universities who need a bird’s-eye view of Canadian family law before embarking on more detailed studies. Any member of the general public who is interested in their rights and obligations under Canada’s current family law system will find what they need in this informative and accessible text.
Julien D. Payne, CM, KC, LLD, LSM, FRSC, is one of Canada’s pre-eminent family law specialists and has been called the architect of Unified Family Courts and no-fault divorce. He has taught family law at the universities of Alberta, Ottawa, Western Ontario, and Saskatchewan and has written very extensively about family law and family dispute resolution. He is the author of Payne on Divorce, fourth edition (Carswell, 1996), and is the co-author with his wife, Marilyn, of Canadian Family Law and its companion text, Child Support Guidelines in Canada (2022), both of which are published by Irwin Law. His writings have been cited more than 2,000 times by trial courts and appellate courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Ontario in 2002 and was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2004.
Marilyn A. Payne is an experienced author and the founding editor of the loose-leaf service Payne’s Divorce and Family Law Digest (1980–1999). She is the co-author of Canadian Family Law and Child Support Guidelines in Canada (Irwin Law, 2022). She has also co-authored several books about Canadian family law for the lay public, the most recent being Divorce Guide for Canadians, which was published by Commoners’ Publishing in 2015.