Recurring Problem in Divorce: What to Do When the Parties Refuse to Listen to Reason?

We’ve all seen movies like The Break-Up: an embittered ex-couple starts a string of emotional attacks against each other that escalates out of control for comedic effect.  Most people are lucky enough to only see such antics on the silver screen, never dreaming people would act so cruel (or moronic) in real life.  But as those of us familiar with divorce proceedings know, there are judges who deal with these petty fights between soon-to-be-ex-spouses on a daily basis.

Last December, Ontario Superior Court Judge Joseph Quinn wrote up a 31-page opinion that lacked the objective tone one might expect from a judge who has presided on the bench for 15 years.  With the opening line, “Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud,” Judge Quinn’s opinion has attracted a lot of attention, as it’s full of witty remarks, observational humor, and ridicule aimed at the vindictive couple.  What drove the judge to react this way?… <Read More>