Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court Paperback – 2009
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"Provides a rare glimpse of what a sitting judge thinks about the good, the bad and the ugly realities of the family law court system . . . [and] provide[s] better guidance to clients, especially the final chapter that is full of heartfelt and wise advice." The Lawyers Weekly
"Every lawyer should provide clients with a copy of Tug of War and encourage them to read it before proceeding with their case." Anu Osborne, The Canadian Bar Association
About the Author
Harvey Brownstone has been a judge for more than 12 years and presides over family court in North Toronto. He lives in Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
Justice Brownstone is quite unique in that he also is the host of a t.v. talk show entitled Family Matters. He is more than willing to express his views, which he certainly has, having inquired a law degree in 1980, and in 1995, being appointed as a Provincial Court Judge, presiding mostly in North Toronto Family Court.
Justice Brownstone¡'s theory is that when people break up, they must adopt a mature approach of dealing with their former partners, especially when children are involved. However, he also addresses the topics of finances in a number of chapters, which describe how you can try to resolve your conflicts without going to court. He has a chapter on alternatives to litigation. He describes when going to court is necessary. There are also details about lawyers, what you should look for, and why they are very important in their role.
Especially close to his heart is the chapter on custody and access disputes. He talks about the importance of joint custody as a concept.
This book is not a fast read, but can be broken down into its chapters and approached in that manner.
Many senior judges in Canada have commented on this book and support his idea of public education in these areas. Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube (retired) of the Supreme Court of Canada, and her description says ¡§Readers will learn how to minimize the damage that can be caused to the children who are caught in the middle of parental tugs of war. Simply put, this book is a "must read".
The cost of this book is $19.95 CND and it says on the cover that the author¡'s proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the Children¡'s Wish Foundation and other children's charities.
DeRusha Law Firm
The above review has been prepared by Haig DeRusha, senior counsel and Family Law Specialist at DeRusha Law Firm. Our firm has four lawyers and an articling student, and has prominent lawyers practicing family and divorce law in both the collaborative and the litigation approach, which practice areas include Mississauga, Brampton, Milton and Toronto. More information can be obtained about DeRusha Law Firm by reviewing our website at [...]
It's a while since I read it, so I don't recall if it touched on it, but consider this. Many judges are thoughtful, experienced and worthy of their position. But there are some who really should not be making the kinds of decisions often required in family law cases. The sobering fact is: You do not get to choose your judge.
For anyone in this situation..I wish judges would make it mandatory reading.Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court
Let it be your guide!