Monday, March 23, 2009

Mums get custody in 60% of cases despite new laws ~ 15% of child custody disputes result in 50-50 split: Family Court

David Schetzer from the Law Institute of Victoria knows best what children want as he states below they don't want to change houses every week. In that statement he sums up all that is wrong with legal people and their know-it-all attitude. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation people just write what these self-styled experts say without any thought to actually ask a child or better yet a whole lot of children to see if having both parents in their lives is better. It is frustrating to see such silly unsubstantiated drivel from people who should know better - or at least you would think they should.MJM

Figures released by the Family Court of Australia show a small percentage of child custody disputes resulted in a 50-50 split.

Changes were made to family law in 2006 forcing the Family Court to consider evenly divided custody between parents.

The Family Court has released figures of parenting orders and an analysis of the shared parental responsibility.

Of 1,448 custody disputes finalised in the court in the past financial year, only 15 per cent resulted in the parenting being split 50-50.

The figure was 19 per cent in cases where parents came to an early agreement.

In 60 per cent of cases, the Family Court made orders that the children spend more than 50 per cent of time with their mother.

In 17 per cent of cases, the Family Court made orders that the children spend more than 50 per cent of time with their father.

David Schetzer from the Law Institute of Victoria says in many cases equal custody is not what is best for the children.

"I think simplistically if you were to ask yourself would you be prepared or would like to live in one house for seven days of the week and another house for another seven days of the next
week you might very well conclude that that is not in your best interests," he said.
He says it was unnecessary to introduce laws relating to equal parenting arrangements in child custody disputes.

The figures do not take into account orders made in the Federal Magistrates Court.

15pc of child custody disputes result in 50-50 split: Family Court - ABC News (Australian Broadcast Corp.
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Fathers 4 Justice US® March 2009 Newsletter

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Fathers 4 Justice US® March 2009 Newsletter

Recently, National Board of directors of Fathers 4 Justice, unanimously voted Donald Tenn to fill the position of president, as Jamil Jabr resigned. It was also voted to move the organization’s home office from Minnesota to California.

Although saddened by Jabr’s departure. Fathers 4 Justice Leaders have taken immediate action to support each state to grow a newly revitalized organization. “We are committed to restructuring the organization to better support our state and local leaders.’ said National Board Member Brian Holladay, ”We are working on creating a better system to handle the huge volume of calls we get every day, and to make sure people can become active in their local community”

Fathers 4 Justice is using this opportunity to announce the, “No Jail for Being a Dad” campaign which is being introduced to local, State and National Media. “The campaign is raising awareness and supporting families during these trying economic times. A parent - child relationship shouldn’t be destroyed because of the downturn in the economy. Every day single fathers who lose their jobs are being rounded up, put in jail, and charged with a felony without due process, this, simply because they are having trouble making ends meet. As a result children have to grow up missing a parent” said one board member.

Fathers 4 Justice was brought to the United States from the United Kingdom by Jamil Jabr in 2004.

Jamil brought the group to the US and helped to keep F4J-US alive while laying solid ground work for the organization. Upon his resignation, February 14, 2009, Jamil’s parting words were, “I hope that someday everyone in this movement will be able to share a common group identity to get the job done. I hope that all of you with sound mind and body can continue to proceed with the mission of reforming family law.”

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Volunteer needs

Coordinators Needed!

Currently Fathers 4 Justice is seeking people to coordinate efforts in states that are not yet organized. If you would like to volunteer for state coordinator fill out the form for your state.

Phone Contacts needed!

There are so many calls coming in on the National level that they are becoming very hard to manage. Phone Volunteers are needed to call people back and point people in the right direction. To volunteer for phone duties fill out the form on the web site.

Reporters Needed!

Have you ever been at an event and something happened and you look around and wonder if that was caught on film, or will be reported?

We need writers and on the street reporters to tell and show what is going on. What’s the REAL STORY? If you have a camera, cell phone or computer you can be an F4J Reporter! Fill out the reporter form on the Web Site to join the team.

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Current or Upcoming Campaigns

No Jail For Being a Dad Campaign

Make sure you let everyone know the devastating effects of being a single father in today’s economy. Print a sign and take it to the streets, contact your local media to talk about how the loss of jobs is leaving children parentless. Get the word out and inform everyone possible on every level. This is a pr-cursor to an action alert that will be coming out in the beginning April.

National Events 2009

June 19th Fatherless Day (Lobby on the state level)

July 23-27 DC Rally/Festival (Lobby on Federal level)

Aug 29 Nationwide Micro-rallies

Have you renewed your membership this year? There are several plans to use funds to help grow states, set up new chapters and get organizational tools that will create more effective local and state groups. To renew your membership or to get new gear visit the membership section of the website.

The work of Fathers 4 Justice and the Pain of Fathers ~ Activism in the UK

Equal and Shared Parenting ~ The Movie