Cohabitation reform is needed in England and Wales to better protect couples legally upon relationship breakdown.
Of the 10 most child-friendly states, only one has attempted to ban abortion.
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States taking the strictest stands against abortion tend to have among the worst statistics in the nation on child and family well-being.
In a new report, child family violence survivors describe how family court worsened their trauma and profoundly affected their well-being even into adult life.
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The reform finally brings the divorce process into the 21st century.
A new book looks at the family court system, just as the Family Court of Australia merges with the Federal Circuit Court.
Domestic violence and coercive controlling behaviours are occurring in shared parenting arrangements more than was previously thought.
There’s a need to better understand coercive control as an important component of domestic violence when it comes to making decisions around co-parenting.
Since there’s no romantic relationship, judges are likely to default to ruling that platonic marriages are an attempt to game the system.
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Because any two consenting adults can get married in the US, a platonic marriage could pretty easily be pulled off. Legally speaking, though, it’s a sham.
In Morocco, most women’s lives, choices and mobility are controlled by men.
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In Morocco, the COVID-19 pandemic has burdened women with more housework and duties at home, and violence against them has risen.
As federal parliament heads off on its Christmas break, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the legal community and the Australians who access the family law system.
When it comes to separation arrangements, Scotland needs to protect and uphold the rights of children to express views about decisions that affect them.
Conservative Liberal MP Kevin Andrews and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson are leading a parliamentary inquiry into family law.
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The consequences of the parental alienation theory can lead to children getting a court order to visit or live with an abusive parent.
Pauline Hanson has argued mothers often make up accusations of family violence to deny fathers contact with their children.
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There have already been two recent inquires into family court, but none of their recommendations have been rolled out.
“This review…is really just a bone to Pauline Hanson. The government needs her vote in the senate,” says Michelle Grattan on the controversial appointment of Hanson as deputy chair of the committee.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government’s new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
Pauline Hanson incorrectly claimed women are frequently making up allegations of domestic violence in family courts.
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It seems the driving force behind this new inquiry is Pauline Hanson’s unsupported claim women often make up allegations of domestic violence in family courts.
Hanson, who thinks men get a bad deal in the system, will be deputy of the new family law inquiry.
As the government starts its work on workplace change, it gave Pauline Hanson a win, for past and future favours, making her deputy chair of a joint parliamentary committee into the family law system.
Children found it particularly difficult when parents couldn’t agree on where they would live.
Communication, contact and an end to conflict all help children accommodate this major change.
The Australian Law Reform Commission handed down it’s report on changes to the family law system on April 10.
The Australian Law Reform Commission’s report makes a radical new suggestion that federal family courts be abolished. It also recommends changes to laws concerning parenting and property division.
Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well.
Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child’s legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
A mother and daughter reunited after their separation in late May.
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History shows that the US court system isn’t sympathetic to undocumented migrants when it comes to parental rights.