For some Canadians, divorce still carries a stigma

On behalf of Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP posted in Family Law on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

The stigma of divorce has largely evaporated in Canada; however, it lingers, particularly within ethnic communities where the idea of divorce conflicts with long held social norms.  For Indo-Canadians, separation and divorce can still be seen as dishonourable.

At the same time, there are a number of South Asian men and women who are willing to end marriages that are no longer working. It may not be easy and it may conflict with traditional attitudes, but there are some men and women who separate and seek a divorce.  At that point it is important to turn to a family law lawyer to protect and enforce your rights to support, custody and property.

One South Asian woman has been working with her ex-husband to effectively co-parent their daughter. The Calgary woman was separated from her husband for four years before they decided to officially divorce. Though they no longer wanted to remain married, they did want to ensure that their daughter continued to be well-cared for, and have focused on being good parents.

Many people within the legal community have found that younger Indo-Canadians, especially those who were raised in Canada, are more likely to divorce than those who immigrated here.

It can be difficult for one to to divorce in a community that sees divorce as a undesirable, but working with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer can certainly reduce the burden and give assurance that the legal aspects of the separation and divorce will be handled.

Source: The Huffington Post Canada, “Breaking Taboos: When South Asian Women Choose Divorce,” Arti Patel, June 2, 2014

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