Law would make restraining order violations a crime – Ontario – Law would make restraining order violations a crime
November 24, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS

New legislation designed to better protect women and children in Ontario will treat a violation of a restraining order as a criminal offence.

Attorney General Chris Bentley says that would allow for tougher enforcement and stricter bail conditions.

Currently, people who have convinced a court to issue a restraining order to prevent their partner from contacting them have to go back to court to get it enforced.

Bentley says the legislation will also make sure the courts know about someone’s violent history when making decisions about transferring custody of a child to a non-parent.

The bill would also eliminate costly battles over the division of pensions when a marriage breaks up by simplifying the rules.

Bentley says it would also help provide fair child support through automatic annual financial disclosure.

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