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Edward Kruk
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


Retired Family Court judge Richard Chisholm has passed his 'use b...
Retired Family Court judge Richard Chisholm, now an Australian National University adjunct professor, has written a blueprint for overhauling Australias Family Law Act, and wants the laws to be changed, apparently to remove the prospect of Shared Parenting as a potential outcome in Family Law Court proceedings. This is nothing new for Chisholm, who has a penchant for writing reports and reviews that have consistent themes, notably that Shared Parenting laws must be removed...
Child Support - Change of Assessment data
Child Support has published new data on payer initiated COAs; Payee initiated COA; and Registrar initiated COA (RICA/CTP). The data covers the period 2002 to 2013 and shows recent year data steady at about 20,000 applications pa.
Commonwealth Ombudsman highlights serious failings in Australias ...
Commonwealth Ombudsman highlights serious failings in Australias child support systemSeparated parents are avoiding lodging tax returns  for up to a decade  a bid to shield themselves from paying thousands of dollars in child-support payments.The Commonwealth Ombudsmen has catalogued a series of systemic problems in Australias child support system, some of which are leaving parents caring for children significantly out of pocket.Worrying examples of clerical errors, comput...
Labor MP Michelle Rowland wants parliament to apply more scrutiny...
A Labor MP is pushing for the Federal Government to examine whether separated parents should be forced to provide proof of how they spend their child support payments. Ed Dabrowski, SPCA, said many of the comments against this idea are simply fear mongering when clearly with more information about child support payments the increased knowledge provides certainty and relief for the other parent.  Its a lightening rod for tension when there is zero accountability for the spe...



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