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Alienating words

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By John-Paul Boyd

The number of Canadian family law cases in which claims of alienation have been raised has increased dramatically, from an average of four per year between 1989 and 1998, to 13.5 annually between 1999-2008, to a high of 57 in 2009, according to research by Nicholas Bala, Suzanne Hunt and Carolyn McCarney. Increased judicial familiarity with the dynamics of alienation and estrangement appears not to have influenced the rate at which such claims have been substantiated in court, which has remained at about 60 per cent...