Senate Committee divided over shared parenting rollback

Sue Price - Men's Rights Agency

 The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee yesterday approved changes to family law legislation that will remove even more fathers from their children’s lives. The Committee divided down party lines. Coalition members submitted a minority report rejecting the changes, but the Labour controlled committee agreed with the much broader definition of domestic violence, the removal […]

Law change liable to upset fathers

Katherine Murphy, The Age, Melbourne

The Gillard government will provoke the ire of fathers’ groups today with landmark changes to family law designed to protect children in cases of domestic violence. Attorney-General Robert McClelland will press ahead with legislation winding back some of the shared parenting changes ushered in by the Howard government. The changes will make it easier for […]

Professor Richard Chisholm, a retired judge of the Family Court of Australia

Men's Rights Agency, Melinda Chew CCH

Professor Richard Chisholm, retired judge of the Family Court of Australia was appointed to review the recently changed  (2006) family law legislation and  determine whether family violence issues were being adequately covered. As soon as the Labor Party took over government in 2007, women’s groups around the country and academics, who have built their reputation on domestic […]

Safety first in family law changes

Chris Merritt and Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Gillard government has unveiled radical changes to family law. The changes would redefine domestic violence, place greater weight on child safety and could weaken the Howard government’s shared parenting laws. The changes, which are directed at cases involving abusive parents, elevate the safety of children to the top priority in custody disputes. Whenever a […]

Joint parenting must stay: men’s rights group

Caroline Overington, The Australian

Men’s rights groups will fight any planned rollback of the shared parenting laws, saying reports released yesterday prove an overwhelming majority of Australians support the right of children to know both their parents after divorce. A 1,000-page review of the Howard government’s so-called shared parenting law, conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found […]

Dads face tough fight for kids under proposed new custody laws

Phillip Hudson, Herald Sun - Melbourne

Separated fathers could find it harder to secure 50-50 custody of their children, and women should be more easily able to raise concerns about violence, under proposed changes to the nation’s custody laws. The Family Court may also be asked to apply a new “triage” system to more quickly assess urgent risks relating to violence, […]

Family Courts Violence Review 2009 by Prof Chisholm – Attorney General

Men's Rights Agency, Prof Chisholm and Attorney General Robert McClelland

Family Courts Violence Review by Prof Chisholm 2009 – Australian Government The Attorney-General commissioned a review of the practices, procedures and laws that apply in the federal family law courts in the context of family violence. The Family Courts Violence Review considered whether improvements could be made to ensure that the federal family law courts provide […]

Men’s Rights Agency responds to Chisholm Family law, family violence review

Sue Price, Men's Rights Agency

The portrayal that women are the only victims of interpersonal or family violence is incorrect and the longer this falsehood is allowed to be used as the determining factor guiding the Federal/State governments’ response to reducing violence within families, the more likely it is their proposals will fail. Providing solutions to “deal with” only one half of the problem has never been a successful strategy and is likely to exacerbate the very problem it seeks to resolve.

Men’s Rights: ‘No Fault’ Divorce Should be Reviewed

Sue Price, Men's Rights Agency

IMPORTANT POLICY REVIEW SLAMS THE DOOR The Australian Institute of Family Studies is currently undertaking research into the effects of important changes to  family law which, in 2006, introduced shared parental responsibility and focused  on a child’s right to be raised by both parents. The Attorney General says he will be guided by the report […]

Doctors hit back at Family court

Tony Koch, The Weekend Australian

MEDICAL experts who last week accused the Family Court of not caring about children yesterday blasted Chief Justice Diana Bryant for releasing a judgment critical of their evidence.

Brisbane psychiatrist Brian Ross said the court’s reaction “highlighted the perversity of a system that didn’t get the truth”.
Dr Ross said the mother involved in a custody battle over two young children had been a patient of his for three years and for the court to accuse her of being vindictive against her former husband was “a blatant misrepresentation of the truth”.
“She had no agenda. Her issue was to be protective of her children,” Dr Ross said.