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Father's Day - Geoff's letter to Cairns Post, Courier Mail, The Australian

Father's Day without the kids

Hi all,
My letter to the Cairns Post, the Courier Mail, and The Australian.

If you see it published anywhere, please let me know on this forum.

Thanks,
Cheers,
Geoff

Geoff Holland

R O L L I N G   T H U N D E R   R E V I E W

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Father's Day without the kids
Father's Day has come and gone once again.  I, like an estimated 2,500 fathers in Cairns, did not get to spend Father's Day with my son, even though he lives less than 10 minutes away by car.

You would think that a standard order in the Family Court would be to give the opportunity for children to be with mums on Mother's Day and with dads on Father's Day (except in cases of abuse). 


We are told the Family Court has changed but this is not true.  Judges continue to make arbitrary and inconsistent "discretionary" orders mostly biased against dads. 


The judges of the Family Court system continue to remain largely unaccountable for their decisions, often made on the run due to workload pressures.  once made, these orders cannot be revisited in the future (unless there are exceptional changes in circumstances).

The Family Court system continues to set mum up against dad to fight for residency of the children.  There is a winner and a loser.  The bitterness usually lasts the whole life of the children.  How can the Family Court establishment possibly believe they are acting "in the best interests of the child" ?

We hear Father's Day media announcements that more dads are gaining residency than ever before, now around 23%.  We haven't learnt a thing.  Giving residency to dads is as silly as giving residency to mums. 

We need to implement a Presumption of Equal Parenting Time.  Such a policy would keep most cases out of the Family Court system.  We would have far fewer "custody battles", and the kids would benefit from full access to both parents.

Geoff Holland
Machans Beach, Qld



Coordinator, Equal Parenting Movement

Co-director, Fathers4Equality

Geoff Holland said
I, like an estimated 2,500 fathers in Cairns, did not get to spend Father's Day with my son, even though he lives less than 10 minutes away by car. You would think that a standard order in the Family Court would be to give the opportunity for children to be with mums on Mother's Day and with dads on Father's Day (except in cases of abuse).
This is completely abhorrent to us in the Council and to all sensible Australians Geoff. How we could have let this state of affairs happen so long ago with teh intrtoduction of the Family Law Act 1975 by Labor in the first instance is quite beyond me.

We have two streams currently. New cases and hearings which have been focused on over the last two to thre eyears in teh legislation and those matters prior which need to be delt with again. The Rice & Asplund case has made it more difficult to go back and why on earth should a father have to go back to get fathers day contact arrangements. How nasty and mean can these people be who withold contact on mothers and fathers days.

I suppose the only consolation is that groups like yours and ours are more active than ever and slowly developing our means of addressing this situation in the only way that teh legsilators understand andf that is by painstaking crafting the complex legislation to get the results needed.
Geoff Holland said
We are told the Family Court has changed but this is not true.  Judges continue to make arbitrary and inconsistent "discretionary" orders mostly biased against dads. The judges of the Family Court system continue to remain largely unaccountable for their decisions, often made on the run due to workload pressures.  once made, these orders cannot be revisited in the future (unless there are exceptional changes in circumstances).
There are some very positive postings on the forums here under Judgements of Interest and these show very clearly that some of the Judiciary are implimenting the required results on new cases.
Geoff Holland said
The Family Court system continues to set mum up against dad to fight for residency of the children.  There is a winner and a loser.  The bitterness usually lasts the whole life of the children.  How can the Family Court establishment possibly believe they are acting "in the best interests of the child" ? We hear Father's Day media announcements that more dads are gaining residency than ever before, now around 23%.  We haven't learnt a thing.  Giving residency to dads is as silly as giving residency to mums.

We need to implement a Presumption of Equal Parenting Time.  Such a policy would keep most cases out of the Family Court system.  We would have far fewer "custody battles", and the kids would benefit from full access to both parents.
You will get full support from the Council on that… If you look at what we have been doing in some of the forums you will get some idea of the thrust. There is much to do.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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Great post! It's very nice. Thank you so much for your post.
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