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The Attorney General said today that the Family Violence Bill retains the substance of the shared parenting laws and continues to promote a childs right to a meaningful relationship with both parents - but the best interests of the child must always come first, particularly in situations of conflict. The Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that shared care generally works well where the parents have little conflict, can cooperate and live close together. A childs right to a meaningful relationship with both parents - where this is safe - should always be supported.

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Found but will he be a little boy lost in the court system?

Robin Bowles, Ken Thompson's media contact, implicates Freda Briggs and Caroline Overington in the saga of missing child Andrew Thompson. She said she had been told that Ms Briggs told Ms Thompson and Caroline Overington of The Australian Newspaper that there was a possibility that Japan might be a safe haven. If Gibson had picked up a phone and contacted the Dutch authorities, the Attorney General's Department in Canberra, Ken Thompson, myself (as Ken's contact for the media), checked the find Andrew website or done any proper journalistic research at all he would have found that Ms Briggs knew NOTHING about what is happening in Amsterdam.

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Mother killed son on day custody awarded to Gran court hears

This is one case that Professor Chisholm will NOT be looking into. Murdering children is an aberration by both sexes. A woman killed her son then stuffed him in a suitcase to prevent his father and grandmother from gaining custody, a court has heard. Dean Shillingsworth's body was found in a pond in Ambarvale on October 17, 2007. Dean's Grandmother said "I miss Dean every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day. My life will never be the same. There is a hole inside me that no one or nothing will replace."

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Category: Courts

AG: Family Dispute Resolution Keeps Families out of Court

AG, Robert McClelland, today released the "Family Dispute Resolution Services in Legal Aid Commissions" evaluation report which highlights the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of family dispute resolution (FDR) services. The report found that FDR is an important part of the family law system and that for every $1 invested by the Australian Government in FDR, approximately $1.48 is saved in court time and related costs.

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The NSW Ombudsman finds DOCS failed Dean

Dean Shillingworth had been cared for by his paternal grandmother, Ann Coffey, until Pfitzner failed to return him following an access visit in July 2007. Ms Coffey was taking court action to recover Dean; Pfitzner asphyxiated him on the same day a court ordered that he be returned to Ms Coffey's care. He found that neither agency effectively protected the toddler before he was murdered on October 11, 2007. His body was found in a suitcase, floating in a duck pond at Ambarvale, a week later.

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner wants flexible hours for dads

MEN who want to spend more time with their children have found a new champion in an unlikely quarter - the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. The reforms are a key part of the new commissioner's agenda for action that will be launched in Sydney today. Ms Broderick said that, until the workplace culture changed to give men as well as women an equal right to time off work for family duties, men would be unable to do housework and childcare. She told The Daily Telegraph that men as well as women deserved to have the joy of being involved in their families.

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Divorces cost kids year in schooling

Divorces cost children about a year of schooling and the damage is increasing over time, a new study has found. The multi-country research found that Australian children - especially those at high school - fared worse in educational terms than their Canadian or US peers when parents split. Their high school education was cut short by about a year. By comparison, losing a parent through death cost about six months of education in all three countries.

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British Article Paints Rosy Picture of Australian Family Law & Chil…

Knowing when it's "truly over" is trickier than it looks. In "The Case for Marriage," Americans Linda J Waite and Maggie Gallagher (Doubleday 2000), quote from the American National Survey of Families and Households in which 86% of unhappily married couples who "stuck it out" found that five years later their marriages were "happier". Only 15% of those who initially said they were unhappily married continued to say their marriages were very unhappy.

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Category: Child Support

ABC report of McIntosh-Chisholm anti shared care parenting advocacy…

Ed Dabrowski, Federal Director, SPCA said "One of the biggest stressors for kids is the loss of a parent. So shared parenting alleviates a lot of that. What we come down to at the end of the day when people are shared parenting is a level of inconvenience but really, it pales into insignificance compared to the loss of parent. … The research has found that they can effectively parallel parent and continue to enjoy a relationship with their children with very little communication back and forth to the other parent."

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Women seeking paternity testing to impose paternal responsibilities

Fathers seeking to confirm paternity are not the only group of people going to court over paternity issues. In an analysis of legal cases in which people intentionally seek a genetic test, US researcher Gregory Kaebnick found that women seeking testing to impose paternal responsibilities were also highly represented. Dr Kaebnick found two other categories: women attempting to deny paternity rights, and men seeking to obtain them.

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