“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.
The nation’s family law system has long been in need of reform and greater resources.
The proposed merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court is intended to address delays and inefficiencies in the system. Experts question, however, how effective the reforms will be.
Our research found that children place the most emphasis on issues such as having the Family Court process and the roles of key players explained to them, and on being heard.
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In the Family Court, respecting what matters to children can help determine how sustainable and workable the arrangements are. Research shows
The ruling comes as a relief to many in the trans community.
Until now, Australia was the only country that required youth with gender dysphoria to seek approval from the Family Court for the second stage of hormone treatments.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
This bit explains what happens if we break up…
Cohabiting couples can sign an agreement to avoid legal uncertainties in the case of a relationship breakdown.
How can dads and daughters reconnect after a divorce?
Daughters across the US feel like their relationship with their father was damaged by their parents' divorce. Here are steps daughters can take to repair that relationship.
The UK's family court system is at breaking point.
Couples filing for divorce have an incentive to pin the blame for marriage breakdown on one person. This should stop.
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.