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Family Court Experience: Ratings by Parents USA

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Family Court is convened to hear matters involving children and families.

What happens when Family Court makes rulings that parents deem are not in the best interest of their child?

This is an opportunity to participate in a survey on parental experiences in Family Court.

 
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Shared custody the best and worst

When people hear that I share custody of my son with his dad on an arrangement of one week on, one week off, they generally have one of three reactions. The most common, oddly, is, "You're so lucky. You get the best of both worlds." The second reaction is, "I could never do that. I'd just go insane with missing him/her/them. That's so good of you." The third reaction is, "Wow. Really? That is great. Good on you."

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one tries to kill her children; one writes a song about his

In one case the mother does not appear to be in police custody, so possibly still with the children and a risk to them. A father in another case who was fighting for custody of his son has been banned from seeing the boy after he wrote a song sympathising with child murderer Arthur Freeman. The woman has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill herself and her three children by driving into a tree. The father in the other matter will be allowed only to send the boy birthday and Christmas presents and be given an updated photo of him once a year.

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Children are the losers when parents go to court to battle

The ADVERSARIAL legal system is no use at all in reaching the best solution for children when their parents separate, according to psycho- therapist and author John Sharry. He believes the courts should make a course on shared parenting mandatory for parents before hearing disputes over custody and access. Shared parenting, through which children have access to quality contact and care from both parents, has been proven to be the best outcome in most family break-ups, he argues.

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Shared Parenting Works

My parents divorced when I was 2 years old. Because I was so young, I cannot remember anything of how the divorce actually felt at the time. But 12 years later, I am quite content with my life and my parents. Unlike many divorced couples with children, neither parent has primary custody of me, but rather, I switch between my parents' houses every other day, spending roughly equal time with my mother and my father.

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Taken Into Custody by Divorce

Jennifer Roback-Morse, a prominent libertarian economist, who writes frequently about family issues and is the author of "Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work", has just reviewed Dr Stephen Baskerville's latest book tilted "Taken Into Custody", in the National Catholic Register (USA).

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Equally Shared Parenting Coming to Israel?

Family court judge Marina Levy wrote, "I believe that joint custody is the best way. In a place where one can leave joint parental responsibility intact - a place of equality, caring and equal involvement despite the separation of the couple - it is worthwhile encouraging this … In my opinion, there is no need to prove that it is in the best interest of the minors to be raised in a framework of joint custody. On the contrary, anyone who believes that it is not worthwhile to make possible … joint custody, even though the pre-conditions exist for proper communication and physical contact between the parents, must prove this."

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Change to child custody laws will make access harder for fathers

The Rudd government is preparing changes to the controversial shared parenting laws, to make it harder for separated fathers to argue for a 50-50 time split if their children are under the age of two. The changes will come after the Attorney-General's Department releases a massive report on child custody for public discussion, probably in the first week of next month. … in part [this is] because the issue is important to many women in the Rudd cabinet.

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Family Law Interview Transcript: AG McClelland & Steve Vizard

Vizard: In one of the most radical changes to the Family Law system, the Federal Attorney-General is proposing to introduce from next year a system that means that separating couples with children are going to be able to choose arbitration, that's where a mediator can decide on custody, rather than go through the traditional legal process. I'm talking to the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland now. Robert, thanks for joining me.

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Study: Divorce Affects Father-Child Relations

A team of Penn State (USA) researchers has discovered that in families with divorced parents, the emotional distance is the greatest between teenagers and their fathers, with repercussions affecting the children into their college years. Alan Booth, a sociology and human development professor, found that while distancing increases between children and fathers after a divorce, relationships between teens and their mothers are less affected. Booth attributed these findings to the fact that fathers typically have less communication and contact with children after divorce than mothers, as mothers are usually awarded custody.

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