“Equal Parenting Time” Bill Defeated – for Now

On May 28th, Bill C-560, which sought to make equal parenting time the standard parenting arrangement in all divorces across Canada, was defeated in the House of Commons by a vote of 174 to 80.

Sponsored by Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacot, the proposed bill would have amended the federal Divorce Act to include a presumption that both parents should have equal custody and parenting rights unless factors or evidence in the case demonstrated that it was in a child’s best interest for primary custody to be allocated to one parent over the other.

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