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A progresive courageous Judgement for Equal Time by Justice Ryan

Sharma & Sharma [2006] FamCA 1363 - 04/12/2006 Recent judgment of the Family Court of Australia

FAMILY LAW - CHILDREN - Where children have lived with the mother for eight years post separation  - Where mother makes serious allegations concerning father's behaviour with children - Following an eight day hearing in 2004 the Court orders father has unsupervised contact - Court finds mother engaged in a quest to alienate children from the father - After hearing mother makes further allegations - Mother takes steps hoping father will be charged and seeks AVO in attempt to thwart 2004 contact orders - Where Court is satisfied mother has continued quest to harm children's relationship with father - Children's views strongly favour living with the mother - Other than in their relationship with the father the mother is a competent and loving parent - Ordering children to live full time with the father will emotionally traumatic - Equal time will be emotionally distressing in the short term - Equal time provides balance between children's views and need to ensure they have meaningful relationships with both parents - Children to live with parents on two week alternating cycles

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