National Shared Parents Association

Conference in Regina, May 1999

Saturday, April 17/99
Association Seeks Changes to Divorce Laws
(Photo of Blaine Collins)
"Blaine Collins is excited about the national conference"

Canada's divorce laws are archaic, according to members of the National Shared Parenting Association, who are excited about the association's upcoming national conference to be held in Regina.

The association, which will be holding that convention in Regina on May 14-16, is calling for changes to the country's divorce laws so both parents in a divorce would share equally in the rights and responsibilities of raising the couple's children.

"Common sense indicates that children need both parents," said Blaine Collins, a spokesman for the Saskatchewan chapter of the national association, at a Regina press conference Friday.

Existing law, which often leads to a situation in which one parent receives custody of the children and the other parent gets visiting privileges, is "pretty archaic," Collins said.

Both parents should have equal status and responsibility for looking after the children, Collins said.

A variety of practical arrangements - such as a "week on, week off" arrangement with the children going back and forth between the two divorced parents on a rotational basis - can be worked out Collins said. About 25-30 speakers - including politicians, lawyers, child psychologists and others - are expected to make presentations at the conference, Collins said.
Federal Justice Minister Anne McLellan will not be attending the conference.  But Collins said there are indications that McLellan may be responding sometime in May to recommendations made by a joint House of Commons-Senate committee that studied issues related to divorce and child custody.  Collins said there are concerns the response provided by McLellan may fall short in terms of providing mediation and education for divorced parents, in establishing equal shared parenting as the normal procedure after divorce and in deterring people who make false allegations of spousal or child abuse.

The conference of the National Shared Parenting Association will be held at the Sands Hotel in Regina and is open to the public at no cost.

Randy Liberet


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