family law

6 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter

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 _
116,817 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to The Attorney General of Australia the hon Christian Porter MP, The Attorney General of Queensland, Yvette D'ath, The Australian Law Reform Commission, Australian Federal Police

Refusing to communicate with the other parent of children in your care be made a crime

Petition Set an Example in QLD and Australia – refusal to communicate with the other parent of children in your care, be made into a crime. Thousands of families are impacted by the actions of Family Courts making parenting orders about their children. Many families were not in dire need of intervention, it was simply that the parents are “no longer on good terms”. Family Courts interfere with parenting relationships when they make orders that separate families and divide childrens loyalties by nominating one parent as “more deserving” of child custody than the other. This situation is made worse by the petty refusal of parents to communicate with each other. When the other parent has custody of your children, you still worry about those children and “you are still their parent”. Nothing that the courts or any of their orders can ever do will change that. It is fundamentally wrong to believe that a parent could “suddenly cease to want to care for their own children”. Therefore we need to acknowledge that removing children from one of their parents is abuse of that parent and abuse of the children losing them. We need to acknowledge it and call it the foul that it is!! It IS a “significant loss”, causing “shock” and is a lot like “forced adoption” or removal by child services. There is a psychological impact and psychological damage which results. This psychological damage is then further excaserbated by the refusal of the other parent to communicate about your children, now in their care. This is a source of psychological damage which could be prevented. For the sake of psychological damage prevention to those parents separated from their children against their wishes, and to the children, we the people, ask the government to take affirmative action and make refusal to communicate with the other parent of the children in your care, a criminal offence. There are crimes and domestic violence which should not be excused because of family court orders and THIS is one of them!! At the moment, we do not have a formal “relationships law” in which our behaviour towards others is regulated. We need to be liable for our behaviour and for the destruction and upset that our behaviour can cause to other people who we have relationships with.There is no excuse for failing to be civil to your ex spouse, especially when you have children together who are being effected by your choices. Your disrespecting attitude about your childrens other parent, impacts your children and effects their belief systems and attitude to relationships and themselves. Being a good example means that we are a good example to our children on every issue. There IS a minimum standard of decent behaviour towards others, or else there would not be a Crimes Act. Parents in Family Court cases require support which family law does not give. We need a way to prevent excuses being made by child safety departments and the police that our reports of abusive behaviour towards us are “a family law matter”. Refusing to communicate with the other parent of a child in your care is NOT a family law matter.!! It is a behavioural CHOICE intended to cause upset, suffering and worry. It is one of the single most violent behaviours which can provoke the victim to self destruct or act out. Refusing to communicate with the other parent of a child in your care is intentional emotional and psychological abuse. The fundamental human rights of all people are that we are each treated fairly and with respect for our inherent rights as human beings. That we are treated with dignity, without discrmination and that we are afforded our civil and political rights and rights to freedom of speech. That we are able to live free from persecution, violence and degrading treatment. Being refused communication with the other parent of your children who are in their care IS degrading treatment!!It is a way to denigrate and invalidate the other parent.Refusal to communicate says “that person is not important enough for me to talk to”.It is psychological abuse and a form of domestic violence and it should be acknowledged as such. Parents participating in family law court cases, always have the right to engage directly with the other parent and end their case. At any time, parents can return to mediation and joint counselling or civil discussion processes, and make new agreements and arrangements between them. Unless specified, parenting orders are not “no contact orders” in fact contact is required to carry the orders out and make variations. At any time parents can reconcile, move back in together or marry each other again. There is nothing at all stopping parents from resolving their differences and leaving their family court matter altogether. It would be brilliant if parents actually did this!! Our children are the most precious family asset that we have. They are “our life”. If we cannot contact the other parent to discuss our childrens wellbeing status, needs, and current state of health or talk to our children, we are being psychologically punished in a very abusive manner! !! Refusal to communicate with the other parent of children in your care is ABUSE and it should be a prosecutable criminal offence regardless of family court orders. How many suicides will it take before more dignified solutions to family law disputes are made? ?? How many more lives will be destroyed by sudden loss of children and the lifelong guilt and self-abuse that this can cause? Prosecutable criminal offenceses are an excellent deterrant to crime.People that are concerned about the consequences of their actions will be much less likely to commit an offence if they can be prosecuted for it. PLEASE Help parents being persecuted and tormented by unfeeling custodial parents. NO-ONE deserves to be denied information about their children or to be able to contact the person who has our children in their care. This should be a human right for all parents! Please help prevent domestic violence, drug abuse and crime by making the act of refusing to communicate with the other parent of children in your care, a crime. Allow interested parents the hope that they can and will see their children again and that their parental relationships will be restored. By taking this step you will be making a bold move forward towards helping families with their family law disputes. By enabling a penalty on this abusive behaviour in particular, many families and many childhoods could be saved. We need to stop the “erasing of good parents” that this behaviour causes from occurring altogether. Being a parent is a position in life, as is being a human being. Please help to defend the human rights of parents by enabling this offence. Please conduct community consultation on the development of this criminal offence and the scope of its operation in law. Please engage with the community to find out the actual extent that this behaviour is occurring today since its occurance is widespread and causing serious damage. Please invite the community to input to this process and allow for humane treatment of non-custodial parents who are in parenting disputes, by creating a law to defend them. REFUSING TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OTHER PARENT OF CHILDREN IN YOUR CARE BE MADE INTO A CRIME. Thank you    

Tabitha Lloyd
136 supporters
Update posted 8 months 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
1,558 supporters