family law

5 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Jacinda Ardern, Andrew Little, Ron Paterson, Carmel Sepuloni, Winston Peter

NZ Family court & Oranga Tamariki must be in included in the current mental health inquiry

To: Prime Minister of New Zealand - Jacinda ArdernAndrew Little - Minister of Justice, for CourtsCarmel Sepuloni - Minister for Social DevelopmentProfessor Ron Paterson - Auckland University  Following the request which was done by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the 23rd January 2018. (Link below). "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government's decision to open a mental health inquiry is "answering a call" from the community.' In the remembrance of Sid Hanzlik who set himself on fire in front of the NZ Parliament on the 26th September 2017, due to the traumatic experience he had gone through fighting to have access to his children and be part of their lives. He was a 'fun-loving, caring' Father, who set himself on fire in front of NZ Parliament, because the NZ Family court had alienated him from his children. The only person in the world to burn himself at the NZ parliament grounds in Wellington protesting against the NZ Family Court torture and horrific proceedings and alienation. Anywhere else in the world this would be considered as CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER. BUT NOT in NEW ZEALAND! Sid's death is a significant piece of evidence and an example of what many other parents are going through and suffering in silence, being alienated from their own children by the NZ Family Court and Oranga Tamariki (CYFS) proceedings and particularly when children’s care/contact arrangements are ceased based on lack of evidence or proof. They treat parents as second class citizens and they fail to recognise that the parental well being is very crucial for children’s well being and development. The current system’s prolonged lengthy proceedings are abusing our families and children and breaking families apart. Families, parents and children often have to wait 1-5 years to be reunited and too often families will never get theirchildren back. They are destroying the children’s sense of security and stability. They are abusing parents and children mentally, financially and psychologically. If the children are eventually returned to their parents they are often psychologically damaged and the children's bonds and attachments to their families are severely affected. Many Kiwi families, children and parents are suffering in silence similar to SID, going through the same traumatic experiences in NZ Family Court & CYFS (Oranga Tamariki) which is leading them to severe mental health illness, self harm and even suicide, loss of career, financial abuse.  The delay and the lengthy prolonged proceedings of NZ Family Court and Oranga Tamariki (Cyfs) are causing a lot of damage and breaking our families apart. Parents and families are suffering in silence with no help or support offered to them. We demand this SYSTEMIC ABUSE to stop immediately and not only offer help and support for parents but also tackle the roots of the problem and fix it by putting prevention strategies in place before it's too late.We demand that proper studies, surveys and research to be done on the victims of the current and historic systemic abuse and what they have been going through. Judges, social workers and police officers involved and those who are taking wrong decisions, must be held accountable for the damage they are causing to our families. They are breaking the bonds and attachment between the children and their families, which will in many cases never ever be reinstated or compensated for. STRONGER FAMILIES = STRONGER CHILDREN = STRONGER COMMUNITIES AND NATION ! F4J is submitting this petition on the behalf of thousands of NZ parents and family who committed suicide and self-harmed themselves and many who were diagnosed with mental illness due to the alienation of the children. BREAKING FAMILIES DON'T PROTECT CHILDREN. Auckland University need to contact us, we have had many great parents who are going through very rough time being alienated from their children and going through the court proceedings (Torture). Many parents have to wait 1-5 years to get their children back.  This need to be investigated and the real victims of this systemic abuse should be talked to. We request from Auckland University Professor Ron Paterson. We can bring to your office thousands of parents who are suffering mental health issues, even had many suicide attempts and self-harm due to the alienation.

Families 4 Justice F4J
885 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead

My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’.   How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers.    I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which  highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.

Gill _
93,867 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Give Police powers to act on people who breach Family Court orders.

I am a father of two children who is currently involved in a long and arduous custody battle. Having numerous vexatious Intervention Orders placed on me by the mother (all of which were thrown out), having my children withheld for no apparent reason other than to alienate me and not facilitating visits on my assigned days, I have, at times, been forced to call the local police to establish there whereabouts of my children. She refuses to call, text or email me about where the children are which I have had to convey to the police. The tell me that ALL they can do is call the mother and perform a "welfare check" because they don't get involved in Family Court matters. In my case the mother has withheld my children from me a total of 97 days this year to date (14/9), days which they should have been with me. I've been forced to take further Court action against her in the form of a Contravention hearing which could take months. In this time she has breached more than 10 times with NO consequence. I feel the police should have the powers to also charge the person for breaching a Family Court order when in place. I feel that vengeful, vexatious parents use this loophole against the other as there is NO penalty unless you pursue it through the Court. Even then there is no guarantee that the Judge will impose one. Our Family Law "system" needs a complete overhaul and police should have the powers to charge people who break these orders.    

Geoffrey Vincent
149 supporters