After their parents separate, should children have a say in what happens to them? The reality is that historically, in Australia, parents have tended to believe they can work out the arrangements without their children’s direct involvement. It is true that most parents are successful in working out the terms of their separation and can do so without having to go to court. Often they will use a process called Family Dispute Resolution (or FDR). This is a very effective mediation process in … [Read more...] about Should Children Participate in Family Dispute Resolution?
child's view in parenting arrangements
Many parents involved in a family dispute worry about the impact of separation on their children. Have they done the right thing? How can they best help their children? In most cases, they need not worry so much. In fact, experts tend to agree it's a myth that children are better off when their unhappy parents stay together. Although divorce and separation are stressful, research indicates the great majority of children from divorced families are emotionally healthy and well-adjusted. And … [Read more...] about Family Law: Impact of Separation on Children
If you’re a parent going through a divorce or a separation, you might think that you know what’s best for your children. But under the law, it’s not all about you. A child’s views are often a very significant factor in determining parenting arrangements following a separation. When determining parenting arrangements, Family Law Courts must take into account the child’s viewpoints, although must also consider the child’s maturity and level of understanding, in determining what weight to … [Read more...] about Listening to the Children