Delay tactics an indication of family court misuse
From this week’s article on Advocate Daily, by our own Timothy N. Sullivan:
Persistent family law litigants who bring applications or motions to vary without pursuing them by consistently delaying proceedings are abusing the justice system and responding partiesÂ â€“ and they typically donâ€™t face any consequences, says Ottawa family lawyerÂ Timothy N. Sullivan.
â€œThere should be a rule of court to address parties who initiate proceedings but are unwilling or unable to resolve the dispute, even though itâ€™s in court,â€ he tellsÂ AdvocateDaily.com.Â Itâ€™s a problem when the responding party does not have the resources to force the matter to a termination.
â€œAs it is now, a party with greater financial resources can start an application or a motion to vary, and they may be complying with all the rules, but the result is that the case can be prolonged for four or five years. Specifically, parties who move for variation with no intention of resolving the case and just keep moving it from case conference to case conference are a problem. I think itâ€™s one of theÂ hallmarksÂ of this misuse of court resources, in fact.â€
To read more, check out the full story on Advocate Daily.