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DBB’s Jonathan Griffith on Queering Family Law

July 30, 2014 by DBB Law in Family Law, News

DBB’s Jonathan Griffith and colleague Collin Smith were recently  interviewed by News Talk 770’s Roger Kingkade after presenting their paper “Queering of Family Law after Same-Sex Marriage” at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, National Family Law Program held in Whistler, BC (2014).

In the Looking forward in Family Law segment, Kingcade asked some great questions. Here’s a snippet of one of Griffith’s responses:

 

The theory is that there are lots of ways that queer folks and families are pressed and marginalized by the system. A lot of those ways sometimes aren’t overt examples of discrimination–sometimes they’re very subtle ways that queer families aren’t able to access the same kind of services that heteronormative families are.

 

Click here to listen to the audio interview>>

 

Their paper explores the lessons family practitioners can learn from queer legal theory and Canada’s queer legal history. It looks at historical developments from the legalization of homosexuality to same-sex marriage and divorce.

 

Download the paper “Queering Family Law after Same-Sex Marriage”>>

 

The paper concludes with a discussion of queer language to assist family practitioners hoping to serve queer clients with becoming more comfortable with the diverse range of members of the queer community.

 

“We are hopeful that this paper will be a starting point for future discussions,” says Griffith. “The heteronormative bias deeply ingrained in Canadian family law marginalizes a large portion of the public. Minimizing this marginalization begins with better understanding, dialogue and education.”

 

Find out more about DBB’s Jonathan Griffith’s family law practice.