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Children’s Participation in Family Law Disputes:
The Views of Children, Parents, Lawyers and Counsellors


Judith Cashmore


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Patrick Parkinson


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

September, 10 2009

Familly Matters, No. 82, pp. 15-21, 2009
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/81

Abstract:     
Children, parents, counsellors, and lawyers were interviewed concerning their views about the value and risks attached to children being involved in decisions that are made about the arrangements for them after their parents separate. Children, parents, counsellors - and lawyers to a lesser extent - were generally in agreement that it is important to hear children's views and for children to feel that they have been heard and taken seriously. Working out the issues on which to involve children is as important as the means of so doing. Listening to children sensitively, and with awareness of the kinds of decisions in which they are best able to participate, is the key to resolving the tension between participation and protection.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: children’s participation, children’s views, parental separation, lawyers, mediators

JEL Classification: K10, K30

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Date posted: September 12, 2009  

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Cashmore, Judith and Parkinson, Patrick, Children’s Participation in Family Law Disputes: The Views of Children, Parents, Lawyers and Counsellors (September, 10 2009). Familly Matters, No. 82, pp. 15-21, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/81. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1471693

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Judith Cashmore (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Patrick Parkinson
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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