Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Murdered Children Fail To Touch Law Society

Murdered Children Fail To Touch The Cold Heart Of The Law Society

“Not even the recent deaths of three more children during acrimonious Family Court proceedings can jolt the New Zealand Law Society into accepting some responsibility” Darryl Ward, spokesperson for Families Apart Require Equality (FARE), stated today.

“The New Zealand Law Society has emerged as a strong advocate for preferential sole custody, the system that pits divorcing parents against each other in a desperate battle to be the “primary caregiver” who will keep custody of the children. It is this preference for sole custody that has been at least partly responsible for the deaths of many children in recent years.”

“The Law Society should be helping to reduce the tension between parents. Instead they are encouraging a system that increases acrimony, and encourages the formation of sole parent families where one biological parent is effectively excluded”.

“Nearly one third of the families in New Zealand have lost one parent and the proportion is growing.”

“In continuing the advocacy of the Law Society for preferential sole custody, the Chair of the Family Law Section, John Priestly QC, has resorted to outrageous claims that do not reflect reality.”

“Priestly claims the majority of parents sort out their own joint parenting arrangements, and claims that the New Zealand Family Court is a world leader in encouraging conciliation. Priestly is trying to mislead us by pretending parents locked in desperate winner-takes-all custody battles are somehow encouraged to be effectively cooperative. He knows the conciliation provisions in New Zealand law are almost totally ineffective in the vicious duel to be the sole custodial parent.”

“He claims only the difficult cases go to Court. Anyone who has been forced to become a non-custodial parent knows that it is the high financial and emotional cost of going to Court that prevents most parents from fighting for a bigger stake in the ongoing parenting of their children. Most New Zealand fathers also know that the Courts are blatantly biased against them.”

“And he also claims the ‘mandatory’ shared parenting model advocated by Dr Muriel Newman of ACT was simplistic. We are sure Priestly knows only too well that Dr Newman’s Shared Parenting Bill never advocated mandatory shared parenting, but used this as a starting point for custodial arrangements that would be reached by a holistic and conciliatory system that would have substantially reduced the need for intervention by lawyers and others.”

“Like the proverbial ostrich, the Law Society has its head in the sand when it comes to the reality of family law in New Zealand. However, that is not surprising because lawyers are one of the prime beneficiaries of the current system. If the Law Society had genuine concerns about the welfare of children in New Zealand, it would welcome open and honest debate about the obvious shortcomings of the Family Courts, instead of merely protecting the incomes of its members”

“Nelson sisters Alice, Maria and Cherie, and their mother Rosemary Perkin, are sadly no longer with us, but the community will continue to work to seek the truth of why they all died so needlessly, with or without the help of the New Zealand Law Society” concluded Ward.

Ends

Enquiries to Darryl Ward 025 230 1667


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Simon Bridges: National Leak Inquiry Points To Jami-Lee Ross

John Billington QC has independently assessed the investigation report. It is his opinion that on the balance of probabilities the evidence establishes that Jami-Lee Ross was the person who leaked the expenses and the sender of the text message.

I accept both the investigation report and the opinion of Mr Billington.

Earlier today I visited Jami-Lee Ross with Paula Bennett and explained to him the report and the opinion of Mr Billington and gave him an opportunity to respond. I was not satisfied with his explanation. More>>

 

New Hager Investigation: War Crimes, Sexual Assaults And Coverups In Armed Forces

A string of current and ex-New Zealand Defence Force staff have contacted Hager since the book he co-authored with Jon Stephenson – Hit & Run – was published in March 2017... More>>

ALSO:

Israel's Anti-Boycott Law: NZ Activists Fined Over Lorde Cancellation Raise $12k For Charity

New Zealand activists being fined in Israel for urging pop singer Lorde to cancel her concert have raised more than $12,000 for a Palestinian charity. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI: Teacher Shortage Plan Falls Short

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Government's announcement of new initiatives to address the growing teacher shortage, but says teaching must become a sustainable career choice if there is to be a long-term solution… More>>

ALSO:

New Study: Women’s Refuge Examines Reproductive Coercion In NZ

While some research on reproductive coercion has been undertaken in other countries, like the United States, to date there has not been a comprehensive study of reproductive coercion in New Zealand – making this study a first of its kind. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Feeble Response To Loan Sharks

The coalition government’s attempts to minimise the harm done by loan sharks comes nearly 12 years after a major report in 2007 had identified how fringe lenders were aggressively targeting low-income Pacific Island and Maori communities. As that study had found, only 43% of those accessing loan sharks were, at the time, in paid employment. More>>

ALSO:

Sewer Drug Tests: Wastewater Testing To Roll Out Nationally

Testing will be rolled out to 38 sites across the 12 Police districts this month and will capture 80% of New Zealand’s population. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says wastewater testing is crucial to Police’s understanding of drug consumption in our communities. More>>

ALSO:

Four Stood Down: Two Probes Into Police Trainees Are Criminal Investigations

Two of the four investigations into trainee police over claims of misconduct are criminal investigations, the Police College training manager says. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Claims: One Stop Shop Launched

The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service... will provide independent case management to bring together fast tracked claims handling, specialist engineering support, psychosocial support, and legal expertise to help resolve claims. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels