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Families going through breakdown need understanding, but so do lawmakers trying to find fair outcomes from complex laws. Shutterstock

No simple solution when families meet the law

Adding to the trauma of a relationship breaking down, families can find themselves caught in a tangle of state and commonwealth laws.
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A plebiscite on marriage? Robert Menzies didn’t need it

Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
Australians are living and working longer, marrying later and earning more that past generations. Hamed Masoumi/Flickr

Australia’s changing profile: fewer divorces, higher incomes, more rental stress

Divorce rates are on the decline in Australia, people are marrying and having children later in life, and more of us live alone. Our experts respond to the new report on Australia's welfare.
Odds are they won’t be so happy after Yuletide. Taiga/Shutterstock

January divorce rush dates back to the Middle Ages

January is a strain for most people. It’s dark and the festive lights don’t disguise this anymore. You’re back at work and the next holiday may be some way off. You’ve just had to spend a large amount…
How can parents who no longer live together continue to raise their children? via

Child custody - parental rights vs the child’s best interest

The November 2014 elections included a North Dakota voter initiative emblematic of the vigorous debate taking place nationwide about child custody. The “Parental Rights Initiative” required courts to award…
The extraordinary synod of bishops on family is meeting for two weeks at the Vatican. EPA/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope sets off a ‘gay earthquake’? No, the church has hardly moved

A report of debate from the first half of the extraordinary synod of Catholic bishops meeting in Rome has been described as a “pastoral earthquake” and a “seismic shift in Rome” for praising gay relationships…
Thank god they didn’t unconsciously uncouple. EPA/Britta Pedersen/Jose Coelho

Conscious uncoupling and the sanitisation of divorce

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has announced that after 10 years of marriage she is to “consciously uncouple” from her husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. The short announcement was made…
Quality relationships and time spent together is what’s important when it comes to children’s wellbeing. Flickr/disgustipado

Shared parenting: what’s really important when dads move out

The media often blame a lot of society’s problems on the break down of traditional family structures and the increase in single parent homes. When fathers no longer live at home, policy makers focus on…

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