The Child-centred Family Justice Strategy:
Survey on the Practice of Family Law in Canada 2004-2006

APPENDIX B: SURVEY ON THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY LAW IN CANADA

SURVEY ON THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY LAW IN CANADA

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family is conducting this survey as part of a project funded by the Department of Justice Canada. This survey is intended to obtain current information on the characteristics of cases handled by family law practitioners in Canada, and to obtain information from both lawyers and judges concerning family law issues. You may have completed a similar survey at the 2004 National Family Law Program in La Malbaie. This survey is being replicated this year to allow for the examination of trends in family law, and to allow practitioners to share their views about developments in family law, such as the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.

We would appreciate your assistance in completing this survey. Please be assured that your anonymity will be maintained and that responses will not be attributed to individuals.

This project is intended to help increase understanding of areas that should be addressed in law reform. Family law practitioners have important perspectives, and you are encouraged to participate.

As an incentive for participating in this project, if you complete the survey, your name will be entered in a draw for one of several prizes, including: one waiver of the registration fee for the 2008 National Family Law Program; and ten copies of the most recent edition of Canadian Child Welfare Law: Children, Families and the State. To enter this draw, please complete the entry form attached to this page, remove it from the survey, and drop both the entry form and the completed survey off at the Conference Registration Desk before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2006. The draw for the prizes will be made on Wednesday evening. Entry forms will be destroyed after the draws are made.

Thank you for your cooperation in completing this survey.

SURVEY ON THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY LAW IN CANADA

Please complete the following questions according to your experience. Where we ask you to specify a proportion of your cases, we realize that you cannot provide an exact figure; an approximation is fine. Where we ask you to estimate a frequency of occurrence, please use the following scale as a guideline:

Rarely = 0-10%; Occasionally = 10-50%; Often = 50-90%; Almost Always = 90-100%

If you would like to make additional comments for any question, please use the general comments page on the last page of the survey, and indicate the question to which your comment relates.

Thank you for completing this survey.


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