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Child custody and access law and policy remain among the most contentious areas of family law and family practice. A rights-based discourse dominates the field

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Domestic violence study flawed say mens health advocates
A national coalition of mens health advocates has made a formal complaint to the UNSW Ethics Committee about an online study of young peoples attitudes towards domestic and family violence that it appears to have approved. The complaint states the survey on which the research is to be based is gender-biased, poorly formulated and misleading. It cannot achieve its stated aims and any consequent findings will be unreliable and are likely to mislead the public. Mens Health Au...
Court refuses to send quake-affected boys to NZ
The Family Court of Australia has rejected an attempt by New Zealand authorities to secure the return of two boys who were unlawfully taken to Sydney by their mother after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, finding that the children would be further traumatised if they were ordered home. Of greatest significance, Justice Mark Le Poer Trench found, was the fact that the father and the New Zealand authorities who were helping him did not file the application for the boys' ret...
Child's school project becomes a plea to the Family Court
Her parents can barely speak to each other. Tempers flared when her father took her on an overseas trip without telling her mother. In four sentences, the student traced the despair of thousands of children dragged into messy familial dramas in the courts - and their struggle to be heard above the fray. ''The heading of the writing  said that in the Family Court, children should have a say,'' Justice Paul Cronin said in a judgment published last week.

Woman who took child abroad on trial
A mother who sparked an international search after she took off with her son to Europe has told a Sydney court she did the right thing. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial for charges relating to taking her child out of Australia without permission.The woman told the jury she had left her job, home and family in 2008 fearing her three-year-old was being sexually abused by his father.. She said she became suspicious when she returned from a busines...

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