There are high rates of non-payment, partial payment and late payment of child support.
Any reforms must move beyond a focus on administrative processes to acknowledge the lived experiences of child support which can be disguised by formal policy.
More than 70% of separated parents separate amicably, the data show.
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Separating couples who use the family law system generally have a positive experience - but for a troubled minority, there is still much work to be done.
Families going through breakdown need understanding, but so do lawmakers trying to find fair outcomes from complex laws.
Adding to the trauma of a relationship breaking down, families can find themselves caught in a tangle of state and commonwealth laws.
You may never have heard of this heroine of emancipation.
She didn't even believe in equality, but this Victorian woman's personal struggle against her husband became a matter of national importance.
What if Beauty and the Beast had a prenup?
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Prenuptial agreements often leave one spouse vulnerable in the case of divorce.
The “right to parent” according to one’s own values and proclivities isn’t actually unfettered.
A Family Court "order" for parents of a child to not smoke around him and to limit their alcohol consumption while caring for him have invited the same old accusations about the "nanny state".
Family violence is core business in our courts and an ongoing drain on our economic and social well-being.
We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.
Bad parenting? Bad policy.
It seems there is an emerging cross-party consensus on the need to change the criminal law on child neglect in this country. The most recent manifestation of this new consensus are new proposals to criminalise…
The mother (centre) of the four young girls at the centre of a custody dispute arrives at court hearing in Brisbane.
Last week’s Media Watch programme on the ABC discussed the role of the Australian media in the custody case of four Queensland children that has created headlines across the country over the past few months…