The Children’s Law Reform Act governs custody and access in Ontario. Section 20 of this Act states that “the father and the mother of a child are equally entitled to custody of the child”.
So are husband and wife, father and mother treated equally under the law? In my opinion…..
Please do not misconstrue my comments as misogynistic ravings. I would say that I have an equal split between male and female clients. I have great female clients and challenging female clients; the same can be said of my male clients. But in short, I do believe that mothers continue to have a distinct advantage over fathers when it comes to custody battles—even in this day and age.
Blake R. Lyngseth, Ottawa lawyer & mediator. Blogs primarily on issues of Ontario & Canadian family law & estate law.