Broken: Children, Parents and the Family Courts

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ISBN: 9781760643058

Author: Camilla Nelson

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The family courts intimately affect the lives of those who come before them. Judges can decide where you are allowed to live and work, which school your child can attend and whether you are even permitted to see your child. Lawyers can interrogate every aspect of your personal life during cross-examination, and argue whether or not you are fit to be a parent.

Broken explores the complexities and failures of Australia's family courts through the stories of children and parents whose lives have been shattered by them. Camilla Nelson and Catharine Lumby take the reader into the back rooms of the system to show what it feels like to be caught up in spirals of abusive litigation. They reveal how the courts have been politicised by Pauline Hanson and men's rights groups, and how those they are meant to protect most - children - are silenced or treated as property.

Exploring the legal culture, gender politics and financial incentives that drive the system, Broken reveals how the family courts - despite the high ideals on which they were founded - have turned into the worst possible place for vulnerable families and children.

'Engrossing and searing ... A brave book which names the elephant in the room- a family law court system that has not protected many of the women and children who have come to it seeking safety ... Compelling' -
Professor Emeritus Thea Brown, Monash University

'This searing review of Australia's family court system is in turns heartbreaking and enraging. Drawing on recent cases and interviews, it shows how family violence continues to be misunderstood and how violent perpetrators are able to manipulate the legal system. It reveals that too often children are not heard, sometimes with devastating outcomes. This book is an urgent appeal- we must do better.'-Professor Heather Douglas, author of Women, Intimate Partner Violence and the Law

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