Julien D Payne, CM, QC, LLD, LSM, FRSC, is one of Canada’s pre-eminent family law specialists, and has been called the architect of the Unified Family Court and the no-fault divorce. He has taught family law at the universities of Alberta, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and Western University, and has written extensively about family law and family dispute resolution. Payne is the author of Payne on Divorce, 4th ed (Carswell, 1996), and is the co-author of Canadian Family Law (Irwin Law). His writings have been cited in more than 2,000 cases by trial courts and appellate courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004.