This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Canadian Divorce Act: The Practicality Of An Age Old Document In Modern Day Society

1126 words - 5 pages

In the past ten years, the Canadian government has created and passed laws and regulations that would not have been predicted by the general public only a couple of decades ago. Gay people can now marry, pot was temporarily decriminalized, and obesity has been declared an epidemic. Despite all of this, the Canadian Divorce Act has remained one of the few documents that is still reflective of modern societal values and continues to be a valuable resource for individuals seeking a divorce. The following four areas of divorce law clearly demonstrate how the application of the Divorce Act 1985 is beneficial to both spouses; child custody, the division of assets, child and spousal support, and the grounds for divorce.The Divorce Act allows a couple to divorce as long as they are able to prove that there was a marriage breakdown. A marriage breakdown can be demonstrated through either a one-year separation period, one spouse committing adultery, or one spouse being physically or mentally cruel to the other . The one-year separation period allows couples to re-examine their feelings toward each other, without being officially divorced. During this time, many couples decide to remain married. If this separation period was not mandatory, couples would have to go through the trouble of divorcing and remarrying. Since the Divorce Act 1985 was put into effect, and redefined what constituted a marriage breakdown, divorce rates have steadily declined .Child custody is one of the major issues a couple faces when getting a divorce. Couples are able to make their own child custody arrangements as long as both parties are in agreement. However, if they are unable to agree, a judge will make this decision . In the past, custody was typically rewarded to the mother on the basis of the tender years doctrine. The doctrine stated that since women were the child bearers, they were instinctually the better parent . Today, a large number of men have adopted roles that are typically held by a women, and an equal number of women have taken on jobs that are traditionally for men. The present Divorce Act acknowledges this shift in attitude. The tender years doctrine now serves as a mitigating factor, rather than as a crucial determining factor for child custody.While married, a couple must support each other financially. If one spouse has become financially dependent during the marriage, he or she will become financially disadvantaged after a divorce, due to a lack of job experience. The Divorce Act prevents this by requiring the wealthier spouse to pay the poorer spouse money in the form of spousal support . This money is intended to relieve the financial hardship that often follows a divorce. When determining the amount of spousal support one spouse should give the other, the judge must consider the length of the marriage, the ability of one spouse to support the other, and pre-existing monetary agreements . The gender of the wealthier spouse is irrelevant. Given that a...

Find Another Essay On The Canadian Divorce Act: The Practicality of an Age-Old Document in Modern Day Society

Are Modern Humans Still Evolving? A research paper on the relevancy of Darwin's age-old theory

1751 words - 7 pages cell divisions in males increase with age, and increasing the number of cell divisions increases the chance for an error or a mutation (Belluz, 2008). Natural selection is also not as prevalent in modern society, years ago almost half the children died before twenty, whereas nowadays most people reach adulthood regardless of their genetics (Douglas, 2006). The final factor that Jones believed was responsible for the slowing down of evolution is the

Mercantilism and eBay eBay operates just like a modern day flee market and in many ways eBay operates similar to the old Mercantilism style of economic system

3565 words - 14 pages Mercantilism and eBayeBay operates just like a modern day flee market and in many ways eBay operates similar to the old Mercantilism style of economic system. Merchants gather together to buy and sell their products, but unlike the old market places these merchants now gather on-line. With eBay itself, being the chief merchant the owner of the village market so to speak."Mercantilism allowed the market to operate, but it kept the market under

The role that visual artists play in our modern day society

961 words - 4 pages Contemporary FocusVisual Arts Studies________________________________________Artists play several important roles in today's society. An artist uses his tools, whether it is paints, pens, pencils or any other median they enjoy and find effective to comment on the trends society has formed, an important subject to the artists such as political stances and views and areas that the artist feel need to be shown to different areas of society to get

Effects of Entertainment on Modern-Day Society

743 words - 3 pages The release of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," a video game that draws heavily upon gang culture and violence, was a best-selling title in 2004. When playing this game, one can hear phrases such as, “Move, bitch” and, “Ima bust a cap in yo punk ass”. The game not only celebrates the gang lifestyle at a time when gang membership is rising nationwide, but makes a mockery of a tragedy that’s all too real. This modern day

'Old age and death are especially subject to social taboo in contemporary society?' Explain why this is the case

3003 words - 12 pages transition there is more trepidation of death, this may partially be due to the increase in life expectancy. In the early 1900's life expectancy for the average white male was only 48 years old where as in today's society to die at an age of approximately 70 is quite typical. Loether suggests the dramatic increase in life expectancy since the early 1900's is largely due to an advance in 'medical sciences, sanitation and nutrition' (Loether). Many

Do examples of massive abuses of human rights still exist in modern day society?

1562 words - 7 pages cultural rights (the right to social security, health and education). This bill was adopted to prevent disasters from happening and all countries carry the main responsibility to obtain and uphold each article. Many cases of massive violations still occur in modern society. Many of the bill's articles are still being abused today. To begin, the right to life is one very important article. Without this right, none of the other rights can be truly

Negative 'old' police attitudes and practices towards rape victims is still very much part of modern day policing. Critically assess the evidence available to support this statement

1425 words - 6 pages identified, challenged, and changed. Centuries of negative attitudes towards women, combined with justice systems designed primarily around men's interests, have inevitably resulted in rape being one of the most concealed, minimised, and misunderstood offences in modern day society.

Old Fashion Technology Versus Modern Day Technology: Do you perfer to make bread yourself or use the bread machine?

638 words - 3 pages In today's world everything is so much quicker, easier, and more convenient. When you have the technology right beneath your hands, why not take advantage of it? Even though the technology's is much more expensive than the old fashion routine, not only is it worth it, but it's also much more enjoyable. I prefer to take full advantage and use modern day technology rather then go back into time and try to accumulate what they did hundreds of years

Gillian Clarke Comparing attitudes to old age in 'Miracle on St. David's day (Gillian Clarke)' and 'Old man, old man (U.A.Fanthorpes)'

572 words - 2 pages Comparing attitudes to old age in 'Miracle on St. David's day' and 'Old man, old man'In both poems old age is shown to cause disconnection from the people with their surroundings. Parts of the poem 'miracle on St David's day' shows the people do have connections with their surroundings. For example 'he rocks gently to the rhythms of the poems' shows that the man can hear the poem and connects with it. When the man in the poem starts to recite

A modern day and occasionally comical paraphrase of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act Act III Scene V

2469 words - 10 pages Act III Scene VCapulet's house. Enter Romeo and Juliet on balcony.Juliet: Why are you going? It's not day yet. Why would you leave if it isn't night yet?Romeo: Look, honey, don't you see the sun rising in the east? The stars are fading and the sun has almost risen. I wish I could stay with you. But right now, its leave or die.Juliet: That light you see isn't day. I'm positive. It's just something from the sun or whatever. A flashlight for your

Justice - This is a short essay written to question justice in modern day society

561 words - 2 pages JusticeJustice can be perceived in many different ways. Is it just that gas prices are so high? Is it just that taxes are so high? Is it just that you should be busted for smoking marijuana and not cigarettes? These are all things that we deal with in everyday life. We just live with it. There have been some stories in the news that can question the authority of Canada's present justice system. There are also global issues that question justice

Similar Essays

Comparing Two Documentaries,One Day In September And Nanook Of The North (Modern And Old)

878 words - 4 pages These documentaries were produced in different decades, firstly One day in September was released on the 4th September 2000, and this was a documentary on the tragic events of the Munich Olympics.The second documentary I watched was Nanook of the north, a story of an Inuit and his family's life. This documentary is said to be the first feature length documentary ever, it was released in the USA in 1922. The documentary looks at real life

Society Wasn’t Built In A Day: Societal Structure In The Age Of Innocence

1874 words - 8 pages . In New York high society, unpleasant occurrences in a marriage are very much shunned by society. A great example of such an occurrence in a marriage is the thought of divorce. In The Age of Innocence, Countess Olenska seeks to divorce her husband the Count Olenski. Newland and his partner Mr. Letterblair are assigned to consult with the Countess about stopping her quest for a divorce, on the behalf of the Welland family. Mr. Letterblair briefs

Society Wasn’t Built In A Day: Societal Structure In The Age Of Innocence

2069 words - 9 pages Age of Innocence. In The Age of Innocence, the highest rung on the ladder that is high New York society is made up of those who are very wealthy and have people who work for them, or have people looking up to them for advice and/or help. Those below the top of the ladder, while still having some people who look up to them, also have people above them who they need to go to for help and other services, and so on and so forth as you go down the

Satires Of Modern Day Society Essay

1105 words - 5 pages World War, believing that human emotion is responsible for man's inhumanity to man they set about building a new society in which is free of conflict. They are examples of this desire. These works are satires on modern day, through family, drug use and society. “The Giver” and “Equilibrium” present examples of how these themes, when controlled can help to prevent conflict and problems such as the ones faces by people in modern day. This essay will