F4E are a progressive shared parenting group comprising primarily parents and grandparents who believe that a child has a natural right to a meaningful relationship with both parents, in the event of separation. We provide information and assistance on the current family law act and how to best utilise it in the best interests of your children, and we lobby the federal government against the myths promoted by self-interest lawyers and feminist groups in their efforts to take Australia back to the dark ages, at our children's expense. Please read the information on this website carefully before engaging in any child custody negotiations, and if possible, subscribe to our daily Blog post for useful updates.
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Child Custody Laws
In Australia, the term "child custody" has been deleted from the legal vernacular, however it is still the most common term used to describefamily law matters relating to children. Other common references in Australia relating to the issue of child custody include: child residence, child access, visitation, shared custody, joint custody and sole custody.
The 2006 amended family law act makes reference to none of these terms, prefering instead to focus on "lives with" as a reference to the primary parent, and "spends time with" as a reference to the old non-custodial parent. Further terminology introduced by the 2006 family law amendments include; family relationship centres, post-separation parenting classes, rebuttable presumption of equal shared parental responsibility, equal shared care and equal parenting time. Terminology un-touched by the amendments and used in the same manner as prior to the changes include; independant children's lawyer, child psychologist, family report, single mother, single parent, sole parent, child alienation, parental alienation, child alignment, and "best interests of the child". Terminology starting to become more prominent in family law in Australia include; same sex parenting and non-biological mother.
Sign the Shared Parenting Petition
Current Number of Signatures: 6924
Let Australia's politicians know what the overwhelming majority of Australians want. Sign the petition and state your support for a legislated presumption of 50/50 joint residence (equal parenting) in the event of separation, as a starting point.
Single Dad or Non-resident parent? Help us fix family law! Sign the ..'Strength in Numbers' Register..NOW!
Do you know that there are over 750,000 non-resident parents (of children under 18 y/o) in Australia? And this figure is growing by 30,000 every year.
Despite these huge numbers, successive governments have continued to ignore the serious plight of non-resident parents, in particular that of fathers who are regularly denied contact with their children simply because they have divorced.
However, we are a Majority, we have a Voice, and we have Strength in Numbers.
Sign the F4E Strength in Numbers Register now! Its free and nothing is required of you, but every person who signs helps us send an even louder message to Canberra that the silent majority have numbers and we have a voice, and we intend to use it!
Labor’s Male-Hate anti-Family Law amendments become LAW
Knowingly false allegations of child abuse will now become a legitimate reason to deny children any contact with their father in the event of separation, under controversial new laws passed by parliament on this day, 22nd November, 2011.
The government has made changes to family laws compelling family law courts to consider all allegations of family violence, even irrational, malicious and knowingly dishonest allegations.
The law rolls back reforms made under the Howard government that encouraged shared parenting responsibilities.