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Holiday planning for blended and divorced families


Queen’s family law expert Nick Bala can discuss legal issues associated with custody and access at this time of year.
With the holiday season approaching, stress is increasing for families, especially those who have recently separated. Lawyers’ offices and courtrooms see an increase in the volume of parents attempting to settle visitation issues. According to Professor Bala, the parents in the courtroom are typically those who have the most difficulty cooperating.
Questions to be considered include: what steps should separated parents take to deal with issues around the holidays, to increase their children's happiness and reduce stress on themselves? Do the disputes reflect the fact that parents are thinking more about their children or about themselves? On a systemic level, should Canada be adopting new concepts and approaches to better resolve issues between separated parents?
To arrange an interview please contact Jeff Drake, 613.533.2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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