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What lies behind the epidemic of divorce, family breakdown, and fatherlessness?

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inquiry into how the child support system works, including links ...
The Abbott government has called for a parliamentary inquiry into how the child support system works, including links between it and the Family Court. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has announced it has commenced a new inquiry into the Child Support Program, as requested by the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews. It has been charged with looking at under or over payments, and enforcement options for payments, flex...
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.

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