What is reasonable time for a baby & father?:
It has been suggested that this recommendation is better than some fathers already have and could be used as a suggested " spends time with model ". I would suggest that it encourages the other 90 % of untested cases to further accept that the primary carer has a basic right to prevent acceptable contact between the child and the primary carer.
It encourages the primary carer who is usually the mother to prevent a " spend time with " regime that is the most beneficial to the child.
Many child physiologists recommend that the primary carer spends many short visits with the child so that a strong bond can be established and this in essence decreases any separation anxiety the child may suffer as well as increases their acceptance of both parents individual personalities making overnight visits easier at an earlier age.
Considering the amount of separations that occur where children are involved the amount that actually make it to court is only a small percentage and this type of negative recommendation will help to reduce the burden on the court by making this recommendation socially acceptable, the attitude will be " Well this is the best I will be able to do if I go to court so I will accept less ".
The dragon once again chases it's tale, the courts will adopt the principal that dads expectation's of seeing their children is lessened by acceptance and further initiate governmental policies of reducing children's time with fathers.
If the Family Courts were really interested in what is best for our children they would initiate social research in Australian society instead of using that of other countries and reject government policies that reduce the time a child spends with one parents.
The Family Court is in essence an enabler for the problem that exists where it should be a deterrent of abuse.
I believe that the discussion shouldn't be about if the information provided by CSA is advantageous to a minimal amount of situations but more to the point, what effect these recommendations have on the major amount of situations. My opinion is that this type of recommendation coming from this institute give power to one parent and further reduces the equality that should exists between both parents.
Child Support Agency, should be Child Segregation Assistants.