The truth prevails in child custody case
Child custody lawyers are vital during the process of child custody. They offer the much
needed guidance and support. In extreme cases however, some parents will do anything to win,
even falsely accuse the other party of abuse in court.
This was the case when Winnipeg mother lost custody after confessing to falsely accusing her
ex-husband of sexual abuse. During her appearance before Manitoba Court of Appeal she
apologised for her discretion and said "at most, guilty of caring to much".
The court rules in favour of her estranged spouse by granting him full custody of the children,
while the mother was allowed supervised access.
Shortly after their separation in 2003, the case began. After their eight year marriage, they
initially agreed on joint custody of their three boys. The arrangement didn't last long and the
courts were brought in to mediate. The accusations of molestation started in 2006, resulting in
several months of Child and Family Services investigating the claims. This greatly disrupted the
After the investigation was completed, abuse was ruled out, and the woman confessed to her
false accusations. Her efforts to discredit her ex to gain full custody of the children only lead to
her own downfall. Although she was not charged for the malicious allegations, it did come back
to torment her during the child-custody dispute. Due to her failure to abide by earlier rulings in
the court, she has been found in contempt of the court twice. On top of this, she is also liable for
more than $10 000 in legal costs of her ex-husband.
"This is a high-conflict domestic dispute which has been ongoing for 10 years and which has
resulted in thousands of dollars of legal fees to both parents, emotional anguish to the entire
family and continuing litigation," said Steel. "It is the kind of domestic dispute which is
particularly ill-suited to the blunt blows of the legal system, despite the best intentions of all
involved." said Steel, writing on behalf of the three justices who decided the case.
A court-ordered report has found the boys happy and adjusting well to their new life with their
father. The mother however still bears the grudge and with every visit attempts to turn the boys
against their father. All visits are now supervised.
The court also ordered her to undergo psychiatric evaluation, but to date she has complied with
this as she claims she has been unable to find a psychiatrist that would work with her.
The inability of the parents to reach an agreement and stick to it has lead to many years of bitter
disputes and thousands of dollars wasted during the process. Not to mention the emotional stress
caused for the three boys.
Extreme cases like this need an expert child custody lawyer, and when you are looking for such
services in the Toronto area there is only one firm to consider and that is Baker and Baker Law.
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