LCO Recommendations on Division of Pensions on Marriage Breakdown Help Shape Proposed New Ontario Legislation

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario today released its
Final Report on the division of pensions on marriage breakdown. The report
sets out the LCO's recommendations for reform, which were released in October,
and adds background on pension and family law and a detailed analysis of the
    "Pension reform in family law was one of the first areas we identified in
need of reform," said Dr. Patricia Hughes, Executive Director of the LCO.
"Everyone trying to deal with pension division complained that it was
confusing, complicated and added stress to an already very stressful
    Dr. Hughes noted that Bill 133, which received first reading in November,
would make a number of amendments to the Family Law Act and the Pension
Benefits Act based on the LCO's recommendations.
    Ontario Attorney General Christopher Bentley said "I'd like to make
special mention of the great work done by the Law Commission of Ontario in
proposing much of what will be found in the reforms" in remarks made shortly
after introducing the bill.
    "We were very pleased to have been a part of the reform process in this
area and to have our work credited as a major contribution to this
legislation," said Hughes.

    Launched on September 7, 2007, the LCO has a mandate to recommend law
reform measures to increase the legal system's relevance, effectiveness and
accessibility; to clarify and simplify the law; consider technology as a means
to enhance access to justice; stimulate critical debate about law and promote
scholarly legal research.

    The report is available in English and French on the LCO's website:

For further information:

For further information: John D. T. Hill, Law Commission of Ontario,
(416) 650-8401,

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