Dec 02, 2015

Religion not often part of family court discussions

A British Columbia judge’s determination that grandparents cannot talk about religion in front of their four-year-old granddaughter is unusual although not a surprise, says Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber.

“The result is not surprising when you look at the circumstances,” says Shuber, who is a family law specialist practising family law with Basman Smith LLP.

Judge Edna Ritchie’s decision in A.R. and B.R. v. M.W. and L.R., 2015 BCPC 285 (CanLII) emphasizes the will of the parent — the primary caregiver — outweighs the desires of the grandparents, who are one step removed, adds Shuber.

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