the family law act is providing for equal shared parental responsibility
A father has as much right as the mother in taking care of their child. The misconception is that only mothers know how to care for a child, that they more capable and more nurturing.
Nowadays, this misconception is fast fading as fathers have become more involved in the lives of their children. Long gone are the days when the father is simply viewed as the breadwinner of the family. Modern fathers now invest more time in their children and can hold their own when left with the care of the kids.
Fathers’ rights groups in Australia have been actively promoting and petitioning for equal rights for post separation child arrangements
. The 2006 amendments in the Family Law Act is one product of their efforts. The 2006 amendments in the Family Law Act providing for equal shared parental responsibility is in recognition of a father’s right
to be a parent to his children. Under this principle, both mother and father must share equally the responsibility of taking care of the children. Hence, a father cannot be deprived of spending time with his child.
It is not unknown for courts to award custody of the child to the father. There are unfit mothers as well as unfit fathers. The primary consideration after all is a child’s best interests. If it is in the child’s best interest to be with his father then courts will act accordingly. The court will naturally award child custody to a responsible father than to an unfit mother.
It is in the best interests of the child to get to know his father. Child psychologists all agree that a child needs a father figure most especially in their early years. A child should not be dragged into a battle between his parents to the point that he would be deprived of his right to spend time with his father.
The only times that a father should not have contact with his child is if the former is alleged to be committing acts of family violence or child abuse. If there are no such allegations then it is a father’s right to exercise parental responsibility over his child.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.