The research and word processing costs of this edition of Canadian Family Law have been financed by Danreb Inc, a private corporation that engages in legal research and publications and in social policy and management consulting.
The authors thank Jeff Miller for his co-operation in facilitating this publication and arranging for the in-house preparation of a comprehensive case list. The authors much appreciate the efforts of Alisa Posesorski, Tina Dealwis, Aliza Amlani, and Carmen Siu, who discharged editorial responsibilities in their usual efficient manner.
There comes a time in an author’s life when he (for those who don’t know me, I am a male) should look back and acknowledge with gratitude the contribution that others have made to the development of one’s career. Since Google tells me that I have written more than 40 books that it will, free of charge, preserve for posterity on the Internet, this is my time. First and foremost, I want to thank my late parents, Kathleen Mary Payne and Frederick Payne. For the rest of this piece, I shall avoid the word late. If the people I mention continue to influence what I do, then it is unfair to refer to them as late. In any event, I am not always sure whether they are still on the tree of life. Some people have the same thoughts about me. I derive my commitment and dedication from my mother. When my mother was in business with my father, she was the initiator of change. She had an uncanny ability to anticipate changes in market forces. For those who have followed my career, which probably means only me, I always took pride in being the first off the mark. It didn’t always work out. In the mid-1980s, I submitted an article entitled "The Mediation of Family Disputes" to the Canadian Bar Review and to the Irish Jurist. They both declined to publish it. I suppose it had nothing to do with law. How times have changed. Not to be defeated, I published the paper
in Payne’s Divorce and Family Law Digest at pages 1861-67 (Richard De Boo Publishers, 1984). My publishers had no choice if they wanted to continue to use my services as a digester of cases. But, looking back beyond that point to the beginning of my writing and law reform careers, I owe it all to Tony Palmer, of Burroughs Company Limited, who invited me to write the second edition of the then-bible in Canadian family law, namely, Power on Divorce. After the publication of the second edition in 1964, I was recognized as an...