Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Canada considers legalized polygamy

A new study for the federal Justice Department says Canada should get rid of its law banning polygamy, and change other legislation to help women and children living in such multiple-spouse relationships. The research paper is part of a controversial $150,000 polygamy project, launched a year ago and paid for by the Justice Department and Status of Women Canada.  Read the news report of the study. 

Or you can access the entire report.  The report "Polygamy in Canada: Legal and Social Implications for Women and Children – A Collection of Policy Research Reports" includes the following four articles:

  • How Have Policy Approaches to Polygamy Responded to Women's Experiences and Rights? An International, Comparative Analysis;
  • An International Review of Polygamy: Legal and Policy Implications for Canada;
  • Expanding Recognition of Foreign Polygamous Marriages: Policy Implications for Canada; and
  • Separate and Unequal: The Women and Children of Polygamy.

Thanks to Prof. Nicholas Bala Faculty of Law Queen's University Kingston for pointing out the story. (bgf)

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