I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The recession is Impacting Family Life and Law in Alberta with tragic consequences

Northern Alberta (ECMAS Edmonton) has seen a surge in interest from Divorced men impacted by the downturn. 2-3 calls a day to our hotline - up from 2-3/week last year this time. Many are despairing about not being able to make Child Maintenance payments. We understand the MEP (Maintenance Enforcement Program - the same storm-troopers as Ontario's FRO) call center is overwhelmed by the onslaught of calls from men and women. At our last Board meeting Feb 12, we had terrible news from a women who told us her son committed suicide just before Xmas due to the stress he was under by MEP - after reaching a Divorce agreement in June. He had contacted our hotline and spoke with someone.. His mother found our contact info among his papers. He was laid off and the child custody was set at an impossibly high level - "his best year ever" plus he had to deal with the stress of finding new work, dealing with the aftermath of the divorce (loss of access to his children plus be had been expelled from his home by ex-wife who took a EPO (Emergency Protection Order - standard issue Restraining Order on "allegations' of merely "being afraid"). He couldn't deal with it and took his life Dec 14. When his mother finally composed herself enough to start dealing with his estate, she contacted MEP about his death and they had the gall to suggest they could garnish whatever assets he had left to satisfy the Child Support in arrears! She was beyond mad. We are working to present this info to our Justice Minister and possible go public. This may seem like ambulance chasing, but things are pretty grim here right now and we feel no-one is bringing attention to this matter. We would like to speak with anyone who has experienced such horrific abuse by the MEP in Alberta (or I suppose elsewhere - we can coordinate with that fellow in London) We are hoping to pull it all together at next Thursday's Board meeting. Regards, crj

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