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Thursday
May172012

Learning from the Australian shared parenting experience

Professor Patrick Parkinson spoke at a recent meeting of the International Family Law Group in London about the impact of shared parenting legislation in Australia.

His paper contradicted some of the pessimistic views in the recent Nuffield Institute research review which concluded that shared parenting legislation is not in the interests of children.

The paper reviews the background to the Australian-reforms and what the Australian government - with bipartisan political support - tried to achieve; and corrects the record in terms of what the research actually shows about post-separation parenting arrangements in Australia after 2006.

He also considers what might be beneficial amendments to the English Children Act 1989 in the light of the Australian experience.

The paper argues that although there should not be any legislative presumption that children should spend equal or near equal time with both parents, there is an advantage to the inclusion in legislation of principles that can help guide the settlement of cases.