Title

Legal presumption that children spend equal time with separated parents in Australia: A flawed reform proposal?

Date of this Version

November 2003

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Wade, John (2003) Legal presumption that children spend equal time with separated parents in Australia: A flawed reform proposal? BriefCACE, November 2003, Iss. 6, pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

In 2003, the Australian government established an inquiry into whether there should be a legal presumption that children in separating families should spend equal time with their parents; and in what circumstances that presumption should be rebutted. This short article will argue that the answer to the first question is already clear around the world. There should be no such legal presumption of equal parental time in Australia. For persuasive reasons, every other country in the world has rejected such a presumption. Why did the Australian government write the wrong solution into their question?

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