|Should 50-50 shared custody of children be abandoned?
NO – 61.61% (1343 votes)
**YES – 38.39% (837 votes)
**This online poll was published in the midst of a mis-leading and subsequently discredited newpaper article that has mis-represented the facts of the relevant 2006 Family Law amendment reviews. The implications in this article that “children are at risk” in shared care is contradicted by the relevant government reviews, and IS NOT supported by the federal Attorney General, Robert McClelland.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies review of the Shared Parenting amendments have concluded that:
“There is no evidence to suggest that family violence and highly conflictual inter-parental relationships are any greater in children with shared care time than for children with other care time arrangements”.
Despite this highly inaccurate newspaper article, of 2,180 people polled, the was STILL a vast majority in support not only of shared care, but presumably of a rebuttable presumption of equal parenting time after separation.
Daily Telegraph Article: Children ‘at risk’ in shared parenting – 29/01/2010