Family law: Divorce, marriage stats important for research

It seems statistics regarding marriage and divorce tie into health care. Family law in British Columbia and in the rest of the country it seems, is closely enmeshed with public service areas, including public health. Statistics Canada (StatsCan) has stopped publishing marriage and divorce data, much to the chagrin of researchers who are calling for the reinstatement of those figures since they say it paints a more rounded picture of the nation's public health, housing and child care.

StatsCan stopped collecting information regarding the marital health of the nation about 10 years ago. But activists, intellectuals and scholars want the government to begin collecting that information again since being unaware, experts say, can be detrimental to business innovation and makes it hard to ascertain when policies are or aren't working. Experts argue that not having this data makes it difficult to pinpoint what challenges are the greatest in the country.

Researchers loved getting data on divorce and marriage. The statistics were used to give feedback on Canada's policies such as those connected to housing, childcare funding, senior care and overall health care. This data can also be a precursor to changes in the economy. It is estimated that it would cost $250,000 to once again include these statistics in census questionnaires.

This type of data may also be of help to a family law lawyer in British Columbia. Any pertinent information a lawyer can pass on to a client is helpful to an understanding of the overall divorce process. This data may also be important to changing or revamping the laws that govern marriage and divorce.

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