The Final Report of the Australian Law Reform Commission reads like it was written by opponents of shared parenting. Indeed, it may have been. Here in the U.S. and throughout the English-speaking world, we see the same straw-man arguments against shared parenting again and again. Like all straw men, they carry no weight. The ALRC’s report, as regards parenting time and children’s best interests, is more of the same.
Its recommendation is that the current requirement that judges consider equal parenting time be done away with. Why? The one and only problem claimed by the commission with that requirement is that it introduced “an unnecessary additional step in the process for determining care-time arrangements.” In short, “considering” shared parenting arrangements is inconvenient for judges.
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