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Holiday child custody/access

2010-03-19

Family law expert Nick Bala can provide insight and tips for parents attempting to settle child custody issues for the holidays.

As the season approaches popular music, movies and cultural events reinforce the family unit adding increased tension to broken families. During this week before school vacation begins lawyers' offices and courtrooms see a significant increase in the volume of separated and divorced parents attempting to settle holiday-related child custody issues.

According to Professor Bala the parents who are in the courtroom are those who have the most difficulty co-operating. The question is whether they are thinking most about the best interests of their children or about themselves. How do we currently define access and how do we enforce it? Should we instead be moving to new concepts? What should parents keep in mind when these kinds of disputes surface at this time of year?

Contact Lorinda Peterson, 613.533.3234, petersn@post.queensu.ca, News and Media Services.

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