November 2013 archive

Australian Family Court System in Meltdown

The 2006 shared parenting reforms in Australia left a lot of mother’s unhappy with the continued involvement with the father in the children’s lives. Last year’s changes to the Family Law Act has resulted in an unprecedented level of domestic violence and abuse allegations being made now more than 50%. Reports of abuse and violence …

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Legal Aid Cuts Results in Disastrous Drop in Divorce Mediation

The number of divorcing couples entering pre-court mediation is down by a third because of cuts in legal aid for lawyers. It has been observed that the only route left to obtain legal aid for lawyers is to make allegations of violence or abuse. Thousands of divorcing couples and their children are now heading straight …

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Justice Munby’s Guidelines on Jailing People in Secret Family Courts Ignored

In 2006 when questions were put to Harriet Harman on the number of people jailed in 2005 in secret in the Family courts, the answer was 200. Justice Munby’s guidelines in that people should not be jailed without a fair and public trial are being ignored. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Absolutely secrecy gives sustenance to …

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