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

 

Group Aims to get Family Court Review on Track


MEDIA RELEASE

Group Aims to get Family Court Review on Track

“New Zealand’s family law is now desperately out of date, as countries like Australia, UK and Israel move to far more family friendly regimes. But as the government does yet another review of the controversial Family Court, all the indications are that the review will gloss over the vital issues”, says Bruce Tichbon, spokesperson for Families Apart Require Equality (FARE).

“In recognition of this, FARE has released an addendum to the governments review documents so that the public has an opportunity to address more of the important issues”.

“The government discussion document states that family law social policy will not be looked at, only administrative changes will be made. The government has thus signaled it will cut costs but won’t deal with the underlying social problems. Even worse misery for children and parents could result” says Mr Tichbon.

NZ’s family law policy is structured to cause competition between separating parents, and hence to maximise arguments, litigation and costs for government and users alike. There is nothing explicit in our family law that says parents are effective equals. Hence parents are often left to battle it out to settle issues such as who will be the primary caregiver (custodial parent), and who will get the government benefits (most importantly the Domestic Purposes Benefit).

The solution is to make parents substantially equal through presumptive shared parenting. This simple policy significantly reduces arguing between parents and hence reduces government costs. Shared parenting has been implemented in Australia; and UK and Israel are about to follow suite.

“The government is trying to relieve itself of the excessive costs of the Family Court, without offering any substantive relief for the families that are affected by our polarising family law. Unfortunately, the current government initiatives with the Family Court could make things worse, not better. The needs of children and families must come first”, concluded Tichbon.

ENDS

Government discussion document – Reviewing the Family Court - a public consultation paper September 2011
http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/f/family-court-review-public-consultation-paper/publication

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels