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McDougal & York

This is an extraordinary case of extreme conflict where equal shared parental responsibility was decided.

This is an extraordinary case of extreme conflict where equal shared parental responsibility was decided.

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Well that certainly seems to go against the idea I've heard from some that shared parenting is only appropriate where there are low levels of conflict.

I like the idea that the court relieved the kids of having to make a choice between their parents, because in my experience I don't think kids like to make the big choices about residence; they are concerned about hurting/rejecting one of their parents.

Although this decision seemed to only do that for two of the kids. The orders say that one of them will have the contact that he "chooses" to have with the father. A bit of a contradiction?
Sunnyside said
Well that certainly seems to go against the idea I've heard from some that shared parenting is only appropriate where there are low levels of conflict.

I like the idea that the court relieved the kids of having to makea choice between their parents, because in my experience I don't think kids like to make the big choices about residence; they are concerned about hurting/rejecting one of their parents.

Although this decisionseemed to only do that for two of the kids. The orders say that one of them will have the contact that he "chooses" to have with the father. A bit of a contradiction?

The Judgement, I believe, clearly explains and even mentions parallel parenting, as has been discussed here as a model that can succeed in high conflict situations and is perhaps the right model for allowing the humane rights of a child to know and be cared for by the child's parents. The judgement specifically mentions the Chisolm-Mcintosh model and why that is not suitable in this high-conflict situation, yet another reason that there should be great caution in regard to adopting this model. However I'd personally question whether the Chisolm-McIntosh report could be classed as a model as the report has no recommendation other than to caution against the use of shared parenting.

I believe the judgment deals with the one child differently because the situation for that child was remarkably different, especially that an AVO had been sought and gained against the father by the child, even though it appeared that the judge considered this action over the top. The judgment from how I interpret the judgment, is allowing the child time to cool down rather than make a judgment that at the current time would perhaps inflame the situation by forcing something that in the future probably wouldn't need enforcement. It also removes a likely necessity of a subsequent trip to the court.
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