Justice Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice recently wrote on the state of law on joint custody in Ontario.  In the case of Hsiung v. Tsioutsioulas, Justice Brownstone wrote:

[17]                  I am acutely aware that an order for joint custody should not be made in cases where the parents have been unable or unwilling to demonstrate the capacity and willingness to communicate and to co-operate with each other and make decisions together in a civilized, child-focussed way…..  However, courts are increasingly prepared to order joint custody, even in high conflict cases, where satisfied that the parents have insulated the children from the conflict and sufficient protective factors are in place to ensure that the joint parental authority will be workable…  Moreover, in recent years, there has been more willingness to grant joint custody where such an order is necessary to preserve the balance of power between the parents, especially where one parent has been primarily responsible for the conflictual relationship… consider this to be such a case.