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.

Court lifts lid on custody case to allay fears

Leanne Edmistone, Courier Mail, Brisbane

Family Court of Australia Chief Justice Diana Bryant said yesterday that both public interest and the interests of the children “demanded” the details be released, to protect both the children and public confidence in the court itself.
National media reports last week aired criticisms from Dr David Wood, state chairman of the Australian College of Paediatrics and the Abused Child Trust, and clinical psychologist Sue Aydon that the Family Court did not put children first, allowed experts to be bullied by lawyers and ignored expert medical advice put before it.

Fair Share

Maria Moscaritolo , Adelaide Advertiser

Separated parents would share equal responsibility for their children’s upbringing under a proposed overhaul of the family law system which recommends sidelining the involvement of the Family Court. A federal parliamentary committee report into child custody yesterday rejected forcing equal joint residency on separated parents but said shared care should be the starting point for […]

Joint custody recommendations win praise

Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( ABC)

 Parents’ groups and welfare organisations are welcoming most of the findings from a federal parliamentary inquiry into child custody arrangements. The joint parliamentary committee is recommending a major shake-up of the nation’s child custody system, including significant changes to family law, courts and custody support payments. In particular, the committee recommends a presumption of equal […]

Committee proposes family law overhaul

ABC Online

A federal parliamentary inquiry has recommended a wide-ranging shake-up of Australia’s family law, including an overhaul of child custody payments. The House of Representatives Family and Community Affairs Committee has recommended that in family breakdown situations, a 50-50 share of a child’s custody should be the “standard objective” but says that aim  should not be […]

Family Court Driving Fathers To Suicide

Dr Muriel Newman MP

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called on the Government to make provision for shared parenting in its Care of Children Bill – to avoid New Zealand mirroring Australia, where family law is driving many fathers to suicide. “According to Australian statistics, males aged 25-44 are most at risk of suicide. […]

Legal minefield for deceived fathers

Leonie Lamontm Sydney Morning Herald

During an interstate access visit, and a trip to the Melbourne Show, Bill told his 14-year-old son he was going to take him for an allergy test. The test was in reality a DNA parentage test, to establish the likelihood of Bill being the boy’s biological father. The fallout is set to force the Federal […]

Family Law Pathways Advisory Group Report Released Today

THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP and SENATOR THE HON. AMANDA VANSTONE

A report released today by the Federal Government recommends ways to significantly improve information and services for separating families, and to remove frustrating hurdles that make settling arrangements unnecessarily hard and expensive.

Out of the Maze – Pathways to the Future for Families Experiencing Separation, launched by the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, and the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, found the effects of family separation are far-reaching, costly and, when families experience a lot of conflict, children can suffer long term effects.

Married to the mob

Adrian McGregor, The Weekend Australian

  The Weekend Australian, SAT 18 NOV 2000, By Adrian McGregor They call it “The Club“, the male-dominated legal fraternity that looks after its own. Adrian McGregor reports that, for some of those lawyers’ wives, a broken marriage can mean an unequal fight that leaves them angry, desperate and broke SECRET MEN’S BUSINESS Under the […]

Disorder in the courts

Sarah Harris. Sunday Telegraph, Sydney

The Family Court has consistently pursued its critics by instigating contempt charges. But lately these citizens have been beating their powerful foe. Sarah Harris reports. (Pix: View of a back of a man seated on park bench looking at children’s playground equipment.) Caption: No picnic: This man, whose name cannot be revealed, has endured much […]