Anti shared parenting lobbyists

Men's Rights Agency

Recently, we have seen the effects of many years lobbying by women’s groups and academics/researchers in the passage of the Family Law (Family Violence) Act 2010. This Act has effectively ‘rolled-back’ the shared-parenting gains of 2006 by broadening the definition of domestic violence so it now means anything one wants it to mean; removing penalties for false allegations […]

Italian Father gives up custody battle

Cosima Marriner, Sun-Herald senior writer

  Despair … the father caught up in an international custody battle has “had enough” and returned to Italy. Photo: Michelle Smith The Italian father embroiled in an international custody battle has left Australia after giving up hope he will win his legal fight to get his daughters back to Italy. The father – who […]

‘Custody case mars global standing’

Sarah Elks, The Australia

AUSTRALIA’S international reputation is being damaged by a bitter and prolonged tug-of-love over four Italian-born sisters, a Family Court judge has been warned. Lawyers for the Queensland Department of Communities yesterday urged Justice Colin Forrest to swiftly return the girls — aged between nine and 15 — to their father in Italy and end the […]

‘Custody sisters’ hopes of Aust stay rise The family of four sisters in an international custody dispute has been given fresh hope they will be allowed to stay in Australia pending another legal challenge. A Family Court judge is expected to decide later on Thursday whether to grant an application for a stay of his original order that the girls return […]

Italian father seeks return of 4 daughters under the Hague Convention

Lauren Wilson and Chris Merritt, The Australian

Australian High Court rules no role for kids in custody rows. The High Court has dismissed an appeal that could have given children a greater and more direct say on custody arrangements in legal brawls between parents.  Family law experts yesterday welcomed the decision of the bench to throw out an appeal brought on behalf […]

High Court dismisses international custody battle

Ashley Hall, ABC Updated

   ABC © Enlarge photo  Four young sisters at the centre of an international custody row have failed in their bid to have the High Court intervene in the dispute. The girls’ lawyer argued that the Family Court denied procedural justice when it failed to appoint legal representation for the girls before it determined they […]

Aiming for a fair share of parenting in split families

Susie O'Brien , Herald Sun

 WHERE it is possible and good for the kids, shared parenting is worth fighting for. Children have a right to be brought up by both parents. This means dads should have the same rights as mums. Source: HWT Image Library Two of Australia’s leading law experts last week questioned the value of shared parenting. The […]

Roxon to tackle law on family violence

Pia Akerman From:The Australian

NICOLA Roxon has flagged further changes to the Family Law Act to improve the court system’s response to family violence, amid calls for greater clarification on how and when family violence should be relevant to disputes. The Attorney-General yesterday declared there was “more to do” in reforming the system to provide better support for victims, […]

Shared care not the key for kids

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

CHILDREN of divorced parents do not feel secure in shared care unless there is a high level of parental co-operation, according to new research, which finds that equal time and a lack of conflict between parents is not enough to foster contentment. Researcher Christina Sadowski did a qualitative study through the University of Ballarat, interviewing […]

Women poorer, men lonelier after divorce

Rachel Wells - Sydney Morning Herald

Quote: Women’s household incomes suffer more than men’s after divorce, but it takes men longer to recover emotionally, a study has found.