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CO-PARENTING CRISIS
Well, this new report on shared parenting after divorce has put the cat among the pigeons. It was not so long ago that over 80% of custody disputes were resolved in favour of the mother and many men felt absolutely betrayed.


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...
Barriers make child's play hard work for grandads
According to a new study highlighting the challenges men in the role face, GRANDFATHERS face too many social barriers, including being excluded from playgroups.  Senior lecturer in psychology Dr Linley Denson, who supervised the study's author Cecily Young, said perceptions of grandfathers needed to change, as more men in their 50s and 60s retire and spend more time with their grandchildren.




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