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Resolving relocation disputes: The 'interventionist' approach in Australia

Young, L. (2011) Resolving relocation disputes: The 'interventionist' approach in Australia. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 23 (2). pp. 203-225.

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This article considers the recent development of Australian family court decision making in the area of relocation. It is argued that an increasingly 'interventionist' approach to resolving parenting disputes is being adopted, which is supported by recent statutory shared parenting reforms. This interventionist approach, it is suggested, encourages decision makers to explore all optimal parenting solutions rather than just those proposed by the parties. Such a shift may appear to treat both parents in a dispute more equitably, by looking more closely at the location of parents who do not have primary care of their children. However, it is argued that in fact this new interventionist approach has the potential to exacerbate the adverse consequences of relocation decision making for primary carer parents, who are predominantly women.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Jordan Publishing
Copyright: Jordan Publishing
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