Where childen are involved in a case before the Supreme Court (Family Division) in Halifax, the parties must attend the Parent Information Program, an information session which en themcourages them to keep the best interests of the children first.
I’m not sure whether the Ontario Superior Court has a similar program, so one Judge got creative:
A judge has ordered two warring parents to read three books on communicating, parenting and divorce and write a one-page summary of an insight they gain from each.
Ontario Superior Court Justice David Price told the separated couple, who are bickering over money and access to children, that the books “may improve their ability to communicate and resolve some of the issues that are troubling them.”
The couple has until Nov. 30 to read the books and provide “proof they have done so, together with the one-page summary, for each book, of one insight that they have gained from it and one strategy, if any, they are prepared to adopt based on it.”
The Brampton judge is making them read “Difficult Conversations,” by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen; “Parenting After Divorce,” by Philip M. Stahl; and “Parenting from the Inside Out,” by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell.
If they don’t read the books, do they have to stay after court?