Monday, June 1, 2009

Legal Aid Eligibility in Ontario

Note to File: Ruminations on Family Law (FLAW)

June 1, 2009

The ex apparently ran out of legal aid funding and so at a Trial Management meeting the scheduled trial to commence the week of April 20/09 was postponed until tentatively the last two weeks of August 09. This was premised on the ex somehow being able to tap back in to legal aid funding.

The peculiar thing was as soon as she went off legal aid she bought a brand new Toyota Matrix and clearly indicated to the judge would not be able to self-represent herself at trial. This is true as she cannot think things through logically and reasonably when under pressure due to mental health issues. That was aptly displayed with her convoluted answers to questions Judge McMillan raised during the trial management. She made it perfectly clear she would not resolve to take the house as a financial settlement or do shared parenting as she was in her own words, "wanting her entitlements." Yes she said those exact words!

If you are new to the divorce arena, and it is indeed an arena, pitting parent against parent with children as the winner take all prize, then entitlements is what causes most women to initiate a divorce. In Canada females are initiators in 75% of cases and for good reason. In 90% of cases they achieve physical custody of the children, irrespective of time spent as the caregiver. Don't believe what the judges tell you as they have one mantra and that is a form of gender apartheid. They play it safe and award custody to the female and all the entitlements to go with it. I digress a tad from the matter at hand due to an irritating illness currently absorbing my body in pain and discomfort causing me to want to rant a little.

How does someone use up legal aid (about $12,500.00) and then buy a new vehicle and then purport to reapply. I have no money, no cash flow, and in great debt but I was told I don't qualify. Is there one rule for females and one for men? We shall see because if she somehow miraculously re-qualifies for legal aid I will raise a stink from here to Queen's Park where our law makers sit on their hands ruminating over family law (FLAW)

M. J. Murphy

Dissident Fathers Rights Advocate (with annoying upper respiratory infection making me "testy" today.)

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