Legislating to Promote Children's Welfare and the Quest for Certainty

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Helen Rhoades

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The government’s recent response to the Family Justice Review report expressed support for legislative change to encourage shared parenting where this is safe and in the child’s best interests. At the same time, the Australian parliament has enacted legislation designed to clarify confusion created by similar reforms passed in 2006. This article explores the potential lessons for policymakers of Australia’s experience of these reforms, including the dangers of sending mixed messages, and canvasses alternative pathways to achieving positive outcomes for children.

Keywords: child law, family law, Family Justice Review, shared parenting, Australia, welfare

Suggested Citation

Rhoades, Helen, Legislating to Promote Children's Welfare and the Quest for Certainty (2012). Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 158-175, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245018

Helen Rhoades (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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