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Family Court Data - Review by Shared Parenting Council Policy Adviser, Jim Carter

I have just read the article Shared parent - trends by Jim Carter, Policy Adviser of the Shared Parenting Council of Australia.  See:

http://flwg.com.au/spca/pg/news/view/605/index.php&filter=16

I guess what is interesting is that there is some levels of shared care being granted and equal time or significant and meaningful time being granted.  However, to get to that point, especially where litigation or proceedings is involved, you must go through a lot of emotional pain and financial cost to get there and the family lawyers are still using the children as leverage and a prize.  It is still a contest and that is WRONG.

If equal time was the starting point and a rebuttable presumption, litigation (in the main) would fall away and children would be better served.  Only 15% of litigated cases get equal time for fathers.  That is pathetic.  You have to go through this very expensive dance and process just to get some time with your children.  Lawyers make your life a misery in the meantime.

See the Dads on the Air radio program and listen to how Equal Time Shared Parenting is working in Belgium.  IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO:

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http://www.dadsontheair.net/shows/Dads_on_the_Air_2009-03-10.mp3

Family Law reform needs to go further in Australia and we can do a lot better if the lawyers are not involved in children's issues.  They are there to make this a contest and for their own self-interest of making money out of mums and dads who are pitted against each other.

DEMAND THE LAW BE REFORMED

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Family1, not that I disagree that too many lawyers are culpable in denying children their humane right to be known and cared for by their parents. However these stats only apply to the cases that go before the Family Law Court, that is that the figures represent less than 10% of separations that involve children and then normally the more entrenched cases.

It would be good to see figures from the Federal Magistrates Court to see what decisions they make and I believe that these figures are being sought. It would also be good to get the figures from the Family Relationship Centres, however I believe that there are problems with getting them. Another good indicator of how the syste is working overall, could be the levels of care per case, that could potentially be obtained from the CSA.
Family1 said
If equal time was the starting point and a rebuttable presumption, litigation (in the main) would fall away and children would be better served. Only 15% of litigated cases get equal time for fathers.
How you can make the broad statement 'litigation would in the main fall away' baffles me.

15% was 50/50 (It was 2% 6 years ago)and in another 17% of cases it was more than 55%
Family1 said
You have to go through this very expensive dance and process just to get some time with your children.
You can of course do it yourself and keep the legal profession out of your pocket.
Family1 said
See the Dads on the Air radio program and listen to howEqualTime Shared Parentingis working in Belgium. ITIS THE ONLY WAY TO GO:
What similarities does Australia have with Belgium?
Family1 said
DEMAND THE LAW BE REFORMED
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You would be better of joining an organization like the SPCA that has the contacts to put the pressure in the right places. Too many individuals with multiple agendas are just what non reformist Governments like. A single very loud voice backed by many others has always been proven to get results.



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MikeT said
It would be good to see figures from the Federal Magistrates Court to see what decisions they make and I believe that these figures are being sought.
Early indications are that they might be slightly better than the FCoA. Certainly the FMC was 'into' 5/14 even before the Act was amended.

The Fam Court of WA is of course a mystery to us Easterners and apparently to many that live there.

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