Author Archives: John-Paul Boyd

About John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd is the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization associated with the University of Calgary. The main work of the Institute involves undertaking research related to law and the family, public legal education, promoting evidence-based law and policy reform, and improving access to justice. John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver, British Columbia for thirteen years before joining the Institute. He took his training as a mediator in 2005, his training as a parenting coordinator in 2007 and 2008, his training as an arbitrator in 2011 and his training as a collaborative practitioner in 2012. John-Paul has particular interests in law and process reform, children's rights and involvement in the justice system, the conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues in general, heuristics and decision-making processes, and the psychology of separation and divorce.

CRILF Reviews Federal Divorce Data for Alberta

By: John-Paul Boyd PDF Version: CRILF Reviews Federal Divorce Data for Alberta Report Commented On: Analysis of Data from the Federal Justice Divorce File Review Study: Report on Findings for Alberta, 2011 The Department of Justice undertook the Federal Justice Divorce … Continue reading

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Polyamorous Families in Canada: Early Results of New Research from CRILF

By: John-Paul Boyd PDF Version: Polyamorous Families in Canada: Early Results of New Research from CRILF Report Commented On: Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, Perceptions of Polyamorous Relationships: Preliminary Data On 20 June 2016, the Canadian Research Institute … Continue reading

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Family Justice 3.5: Fostering a Settlement-Oriented Legal Culture

By: John-Paul Boyd PDF Version: Family Justice 3.5: Fostering a Settlement-Oriented Legal Culture This is the note on rethinking our approach to family justice that I never thought I’d find myself writing, and as a result I need to begin … Continue reading

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A Remarkable, Plain Language Judgment from the Ontario Court of Justice

By: John-Paul Boyd PDF Version: A Remarkable, Plain Language Judgment from the Ontario Court of Justice Case Commented On: R v Armitage, 2015 ONCJ 64 (CanLII) A few weeks ago, Mr. Justice Nakatsuru of the Ontario Court of Justice released a remarkable … Continue reading

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We Versus Me: Normative Legislation, Individual Exceptionalism and Access to Family Justice

By: John-Paul Boyd PDF Version: We Versus Me: Normative Legislation, Individual Exceptionalism and Access to Family Justice In many of Canada’s family law courts, especially our provincial courts, the majority of litigants now appear without counsel. This state of affairs … Continue reading

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