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Child-Support Payments and Parental Alienation

Augusto Zimmerman writes in the Quadrant on Child Support and Parental Alienation Dr Augusto Zimmermann LLB, LLM, PhD is Professor and Head of Law at Sheridan College in Perth, Western Australia, and Professor of Law (Adjunct) at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney campus. He is also President of the Western Australian Legal Theory …

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Jane: “He tried to take his life last weekend”

Jane is a sister/aunt in her 40’s in QLD. “My brother was woken to being smashed in the face with a breadboard. It was his partner. Two weeks later, the police charged him with assault. He had to go to court. She drove him. When there, she went into a separate room saying she was …

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Nick: “I haven’t seen my children 10 years.”

Nick is a dad in his 60’s in VIC. “[We] married in 2005. I already had several properties and a business. She had one house. [In] 2009, she moved with the children, without telling me. At first, I had regular contact. There were no allegations of abuse. I was unexpectedly issued a DV intervention order. …

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Former senator John Madigan, champion of family law reform, died today at age 53

It was with immense sadness that we heard that John Madigan, former independent senator passed away after a long illness. John was a fierce defender, and perhaps one of the most fervent, of all those that had suffered at the hands of family breakdown. More than once we’ve accompanied John in Parliament House to speak …

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Dads in Distress (PBB) wins AMHF national award for its Virtual Veranda

From the Australian Men’s Health Forum website: “The Significant Response to COVID-19 champions any individual, group or program that has responded effectively to the impact of COVID-19 on the lives and health of men and boys. Dads In Distress support groups began life on a verandah in Coffs Harbour. Now run by Parents Beyond Breakup (PBB), …

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Australia has a suicide problem (ABC)

Interesting article on ABC this morning. Yes, Australia has a suicide issue. We know, because we’re at the front line dealing with it. Here’s an insight not covered. We know who does it. We know how they do it. We’re not so good at understanding why, or what to do about it. Not knowing (or …

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Long time between hugs for separated families

Charity, Parents Beyond Breakup, Chair Brendan Blomeley, writes in the Hobart Mercury (full subscriber article): In recent days, we have watched with heartfelt concern for our friends and family on the other side of Bass Strait, as many of them return to strict Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. While necessary, these measures have come at …

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Important DIDs & MIDs service changes due to COVID19

It is with a heavy heart that we are, once more, temporarily suspending in-person groups across all states except for Queensland. All other support service remain open and operating as normal, these include: In-person weekly dad support groups in Queensland (currently, Gold Coast) Regular online support groups for dads and for mums Telephone helpline 1300 853437 (Mon-Sat, …

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The DIDs ‘Dad Survey’ and 55 book give away

Click here to take the survey We’re running a quick ‘dad’ survey ahead of Fathers Day. It’s specifically for and about separated dads.  It’s short, it only takes a few moments to complete and, if helping us to keep more dads alive doesn’t do it for you, the 55 books we’re giving away in a …

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