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Federal Magistrate Henderson considers relocation to Serbia

In a detailed judgement Federal Magistrate Henderson considers relocation to Serbia. It is an interesting case to review the complex issues surrounding any relocation and in particular the decision making around the Presumption of equal shared parental responsibility in section 60CC (2)(3) and (4) of the Act. Having found against the presumption he must consider the matters under sections 60CC(2) (3) and (4) of the Act to make an order in the childs best interest having regard to the competing proposals of the parties.

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Category: Judgements

Missing six-year-old found in Amsterdam

Almost three years after his son went missing, former NSW deputy fire chief Ken Thompson has learned the six-year-old boy is in Amsterdam. Fairfax reported on Thursday that a school principal in northern Europe became suspicious after noticing Andrew's passport had expired, following an attempt to enrol him at the school. The Australian Federal Police issued a warrant for Ms Stratton's arrest and Interpol managed to trace her to Frankfurt in Germany.

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Category: General

White Ribbon day - Only women apply ! Violence against men is non e…

This Sunday is White Ribbon Day (WRD) and the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women. However the 2005 Personal Safety Australia survey found that in the past 12 months almost twice as many men as women (808,300) were victims of all types of violence; twice as many men as women (485,400) were victims of physical assault; nearly a third of sexual assault victims were men; 864,300 men were harassed and 110,700 men were stalked.

The same study found that men were almost as likely as women to experience physical violence within the home (half from females, half from males) and were just as likely as women to experience physical violence from perpetrators who were known to them. Yet the WRD campaign focuses solely on the prevention of violence against women by men.



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Category: Press Releases

Dads get the worst gifts

Dads get the worst gifts

IT may come as little surprise to many dads that Father's Day ranks last when it comes to spending on gifts.

After all, there is only so much you can spend on socks, a survey has found.…

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Divorce rates higher when child has ADHD

Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more likely than other parents to divorce before their child's 8th birthday, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 500 couples - 286 had a child with ADHD and 206 had a child without this condition. The researchers found that couples with a child with ADHD were almost twice as likely to divorce before their child turned 8 years old. After that age, however, divorce rates were similar in both groups of parents.

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Most child abusers are women: Report

…if the so called child protection "experts" and the Courts were honest about this report thousands of kids would still have fathers.
Women are responsible for more than half of all child abuse cases in Queensland and are much more likely to neglect their children than men, a new Queensland report has found.

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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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Case dropped against accused mum

The prosecution has dropped its case against a Victorian mother charged with the murders of her four young children between 1998 and 2003.

Carol Matthey, 26, from Bannockburn, south-west of Melbourne, had earlier pleaded not guilty to suffocating her two sons and two daughters aged from nine weeks to three years.

Previously, coroners had found seven-month-old Jacob and his two-month old sister Chloe died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The trial judge has ruled crutial evidence as inadmisable

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Category: Courts

Taking the scalpel to DOCS - NSW

Overloaded on one front, the state's child protection agency fails all, writes Adele Horin.

When the body of a boy was found in a suitcase last year, and a girl was later found starved to death, the State Government could no longer ignore the calls for a major inquiry into the state's child protection system.

People wanted answers: why wasn't the Department of Community Services there earlier?

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Cost of raising a child to 18 is now $1 million

Generation Z, born since 1995, are the most financially endowed generation of children ever. Every child has their own set of everything. We are not in the era of shared toys or hand-me-downs. Mr McCrindle also found the average Aussie child had more than 100 toys but that parents threw out or gave away only five toys a year.

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