...and that family law everywhere is a cauldron of emotions.
The Opening of Session of Courts in Ontario brought out protestors, described in this Slaw post. Blogger Omar Ha-Redeye's observations also reinforce the conclusion that family law reform is not for the short-winded:
The signal from the judiciary here is clear to me. Family law reform is needed, and there is significant support from the bar in volunteering their time to assist in the areas of need within family law. Judges do not have an easy job, and are restricted by the legislation and funding provided to them by the government. In this respect, the efforts of the protesters which target the judiciary and the courts directly may be misguided.
Some lawyers and members of the legal profession have made independent efforts to make family law more accessible, as I detailed last year. Since that time I've also involved myself in developing the only free resource online which allows members of the public to do a with-child SSAG support calculation.
The legal profession appears to share the concerns over family law but believes a different approach is needed to address these problems. Somehow the gap between the disgruntled public, and the legal professionals who actually want to help, must be closed. My hope is that these members of the public realize that lawyers and judges can be their allies as well.