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Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 1 - 5

First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
Season 1, Episodes 1 - 5, Disc 1 of 3

Episode 1. Parental Alienation
Guests: Lorne MacLean, Rhonda Pisanello

In recent years a new "buzz word" has evolved in the family law world: parental alienation. This is a term which refers to the very concerning practice among many separated parents of doing everything within their power to turn their children against the other parent. Why is it so difficult for some parents to accept that their children have a right and a need to enjoy a happy, healthy, loving relationship with both parents? How effective is the family justice system in addressing this serious problem? There are some very innovative and ground-breaking solutions being implemented by the mental health profession. What are they and do they succeed in re-integrating alienated children with their non-custodial parents? Learn all about this fascinating phenomenon in this special episode of "Family Matters".

Episode 2. Grandparent's Rights
Guests: Emmanuel Witzman, Daphne Jennings

In this new age of "cyberlove" and casual relationships, the family law world is seeing an avalanche of short term relationships that fizzle out quickly - but they last long enough to produce children. There is a new-found emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of grandparents, particularly when people become parents at an early age. What does the law say about the role that grandparents are allowed to play in the lives of their grandchildren following a family breakdown? How do the courts treat grandparents? Join Justice Brownstone in this groundbreaking landmark episode featuring experts who will share their advice on this increasingly important topic.

Episode 3. Parent Coordinators
Guests: Shelagh Kinney, John-Paul Boyd

One of the most exciting new fields that has arisen in recent years is parenting coordination. A growing number of separated and divorced parents have opted to resolve their disputes privately, without going to court, by relying on the assistance and expertise of specially trained social workers and mental health professionals who serve as parenting coordinators. What are the pros and cons of using this form of alternative dispute resolution? How much does it cost? What kinds of parental disputes are best suited to parenting coordination? How do you find parenting coordinators in your community? Join Justice Brownstone and his expert guests for a lively and highly informative episode where all of these issues will be discussed, and much more.

Episode 4. Marriage Confidential
Guest: Pamela Haag

What is happening with marriage in North America today? Both as an institution and as an evolving construct for relationships and partnerships? This episode looks at Marriage Confidential. The goal on this show is to explore all aspects of family and marriage. The guest is Pamela Haag. She has written an insightful and controversial book entitled, Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples who are Rewriting the Rules.

Episode 5. The Smart Divorce
Guest: Deborah Moskovitch

One-on-one conversation with Debrah Moskovitch, author of The Smart Divorce. Learn how to turn a relationship breakdown into a positive life-changing experience. Learn how to minimize conflict and enter into child-focused decision-making. Learn how to reinvent yourself from an "ex-partner" to a "co-parent". And best of all, learn how to surround yourself with the people you need to maximize your opportunities for success in dealing with an ex-partner.

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Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 6 - 10

First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
Season 1, Episodes 6 - 10, Disc 2 of 3

Episode 6. A View from the Bench
Guest: Judge Michael Porter (retired)

This episode provides the rare privilege of hearing from an outspoken retired family court judge from Alberta who spent 22 years resolving all kinds of parental disputes. We will have a frank and candid discussion and I have invited him to unleash his most forthright insights into the family justice system. He will also tell us why he left the court in 1997 to pursue what he believes is a much healthier and effective way to help parents resolve their conflicts.

Episode 7. Sex Addiction
Guests: Doris Vincent, Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Andrew McWhinnie

Given the advent of the Internet with its seemingly limitless availability of sexually explicit content, it should come as no surprise that this can be a serious challenge for many people suffering from potentially addictive personalities. What are sexual addictions? How does such an addiction develop? What is the impact on relationships and families when a parent is suffering from a sexual addiction? What are the signs that partners and loved ones should look for if a sexual addiction is suspected? How, if at all, do sexual addictions affect one's parenting capacity? What help is available for people suffering from sexual addictions and their partners? Join Justice Brownstone as he probes all of these issues with experts in the field.

Episode 8. Men's Issues in Family Law
Guests: Theo J. Boere, Elisabeth Strain

In the last half-century, parenting dynamics in many families have changed, as more moms have entered the workforce, requiring more dads to share the parenting duties. In fact, it's no longer that uncommon to find some families with stay-at-home dads, with moms who are the breadwinners. How has this shifting culture been reflected in parenting arrangements after separation? Courts make custody and access decisions based on the best interests of the child, not the parents. But many people continue to express a very disturbing perception of the law and the justice system, and there's a lot of advocacy for 50-50 shared parenting. What does the law have to say about that? And what can be done to make mothers and fathers more child-focused in their parenting decisions?

Episode 9. Pets and Divorce
Guests: Rebeka Breder, Dr. Rebecca Ledger

Any pet owner will agree that pets are family too! What happens to pets when family breakdown occurs? What is the best way to keep children and their pets emotionally bonded even if they can't live together? How do you get pets to become accustomed to living in two (or more) different homes? How do you ensure a harmonious household if new pets (for example, a parent's new partner's dog or cat) are introduced into the home? Is it a good idea to give a pet to a child experiencing the angst of parental separation, to help relieve the child's stress and loneliness? Do pets experience grief and anxiety when a family breaks up?

Episode 10. Domestic Abuse
Guests: Judge Gary Cohen, Carolyn Fast

Although this topic only infrequently receives public attention, it is a sad reality of North American life that many homes are fraught with domestic violence. Quite apart from the trauma that this imposes upon victims, it is now well-accepted that when children witness their parents arguing and fighting, this is a form of child abuse. How prevalent is domestic violence? Why does it occur? Can it be prevented and treated? What can be done to insulate children from this situation. How effective are the courts in addressing this serious social issue? Justice Brownstone will address all of these issues in this much-anticipated episode.

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Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 11 - 15

First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
Season 1, Episodes 11 - 15, Disc 3 of 3

Episode 11. Remarriage after Divorce
Guests: Karina Sacca, Paula Bisacre

What are the potential obstacles to achieving a lasting happiness the second - or third - time around? What are the pitfalls you should be aware of in creating a blended family? It looked so easy on the Brady Bunch, but our guests are here to tell us that real life can be very different. What are the special needs of people who are contemplating or already in a new relationship, especially if there are children and ex-partners involved in the big picture?

Episode 12. Family Law Access
Guest: Judge Jane Cartwright

One of the most contentious issues that can arise for separated parents in conflict is the question of how to divide a child's time between parents. Regardless of who has custody, and even in cases of joint or shared custody, the fact remains that a child cannot be in two places at once. Many parents have great difficulty devising a parenting schedule which maximizes the child's time with each parent, in a way that best meets the parents' schedules and most importantly, the best interests of the child. This is particularly challenging with very young infants, or in cases where parents do not live close to each other. Also sometimes a parent alleges that the other poses a risk to the child's safety and well-being. Judge Jane Cartwright of the BC Provincial Court will discuss the legal principles and practical considerations that apply when a court is asked to make decisions about parental access to children.

Episode 13. Online Security & Privacy
Guests: Omar Ha-Redeye, Guy Rosario

Nowadays, everyone has daily multiple Internet connectivity: social networking, banking, shopping and a variety of others. The experts tell us this is just the beginning of the huge potential that the Internet has to impact the way we live our lives and conduct our businesses. How secure is our confidential information that is stored online? We hear about major corporate databases being hacked, and mass breaches of online security. We are told that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes. What can we do to protect ourselves from these risks?

Episode 14. Divorce with Dignity
Guest: Karen Stewart

Have you ever heard of the term "the divorce from hell"? Probably every marriage breakdown has hellish aspects to it, but everything is relative, even high conflict divorces. In this episode you will meet author Karen Stewart, who emerged from "divorce hell" with a mission: to ensure that no one ever makes the same mistakes that she and her ex-husband made. Her book, Clean Break, urges separating couples to learn from her "poor choices and misplaced trust". In this episode she will explain the pitfalls that so many couples contend with as they navigate the complicated and often frustrating family justice system. Her own experiences form the foundation for the innovative process she founded as CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions.

Episode 15. Fairway Divorce
Guest: Karen Stewart

In recent years, members of the legal and mental health community have been exploring new ways to assist parents in conflict to resolve disputes in a non-adversarial, cooperative and cost-effective way. In this episode, Justice Brownstone, who has long advocated for keeping parents and children out of family court, will interview Karen Stewart, CEO of Canada's biggest and most popular dispute resolution company, FAIRWAY, about their unique and innovative process of spousal dispute resolution.