AuthorJulien D. Payne/Marilyn A. Payne
As with previous editions, the researc h and word-processing costs of this
eighth edition of Canadian Family Law h ave been nanced by Dan reb Inc, a
private corporation that engages in legal research and publications and in
social polic y and management consulting. e authors wish to acknowledge
their access to relevant jud icial decisions with neut ral citations through thei r
daily use of Ca nLII.
e authors thank Je Miller for his co-operation in facilitati ng this
publication and arra nging for the in-house preparation of a comprehensive
case list. e authors much appreciate the eorts of Lesley Stee ve, Gillian
Buckley, and others who disc harged editoria l responsibilities i n their usual
ecient manne r.
ere comes a time in an author’s life when he (for those who don’t know
me, I am male) should look back and acknowledge with grat itude the contri-
bution that others have made to the deve lopment of one’s career. First and
foremost, I want to thank my late pa rents, Kathleen Ma ry Payne and Fred-
erick Payne. For the rest of this piece, I shall avoid the word “ late.” If the
people I mention continue to inuence what I do, then it is unfa ir to refer to
them as late. In any event, I am not always sure whether some of them are
still on the tree of l ife. Some people have the same thoughts about me. I de-
rive my commitment and dedic ation from my mother. When my mother was
in business with my father, she was the initiator of change. She had an un-
canny abilit y to anticipate changes in market forces. For those who have fol-
lowed my career, which probably means only me, I a lways took pride in being
the rst o the mark. It didn’t always work out. In the mid-1980s, I subm it-
ted an article entitled “e Mediation of Family Disputes” to the Canadian
Bar Review and to the Irish Jurist. ey both declined to publish it because it
had nothing to do with l aw. How times have changed. Not to be defeated, I

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