Decisions should not be based only on fathers’ needs, but on the emotional wellbeing and physical safety of all family members. This study has attracted considerable attention, most recently by Bettina Arndt. McIntosh has recently co-authored a two-part paper soon to be published in the. But children who have a loving and involved father in their lives benefit because father involvement helps to attenuate the negative developmental outcomes so common in today’s youth. http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters/rights-of-the-children-come-before-needs-of-parents-20140430-37hvy.html, Rights of the children come before needs of parents Gender politics must not get in the way Infants need consistency of care, and the ongoing, warm involvement of both parents. There are signs the new consensus paper could affect current policies. Incarceration – Visitations for the incarcerated may be suspended only on a showing that such visits … ‘‘Given the new positions papers that have recently been published we will be reviewing the literature that we give to parents to help them make the best decisions they can for their children,’’ said Matt Stubbs, the acting clinical services director of Interrelate family centres. The non-custodial parent should be kept in the loop. Publisher’s staff attempt to “cancel” Jordan Peterson, Call for participants for international research in male victims of coercive control, How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State | Dr. Stephen Baskerville, Salvatore Vasta: judge in the Peter Ridd case has had more than 20 verdicts overturned, NCFM Vice-President Marc Angelucci murdered, UK District MP welcomes move to include ‘parental alienation’ in domestic abuse legislation, Migrant, indigenous home violence ‘out of proportion’, Why Some Children Confess to Abuse that Never Happened, Aussie’s four-year battle for justice in misconduct row with top US University, How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State (and Destroys Freedom), Family law reform: Priority for next Australian government. Since the 2006 family law reforms, it can be difficult to shift parents from thinking about their rights (often 50-50), to support thinking that is child-focused and able to consider what will work for the child, rather than the parent. Sound family policy based on sound science always is in the best interests of the child, parents, and society. Vivian Gerrand, St Kilda. Gordon Finley, professor of psychology emeritus, Florida International University, US, Approach with caution Vivian Gerrand, St Kilda. Would a report with 111 signatures trump Dr Warshak’s report with 110 signatories? The visitation agreement may include overnight visitation stays, which can leave the household very quiet and lonely. In 2010, Jennifer McIntosh, Margaret Kelaher and I conducted a study of developmental outcomes for young children in different post-divorce parenting arrangements. However, it is important to confirm that she is not the source of such extrapolations.’’. It says that the 2010 study, led by Melbourne child psychologist Dr Jennifer McIntosh, was inappropriately used to suggest that any regular overnight care by fathers was damaging to infants and toddlers. The paper is highly critical of a key 2010 study that found any regular overnight care by fathers was damaging to infants and toddlers. The court may order a supplementary report to be made by a social worker or use the latest one to guide it. The Warshak paper is not a ”petition” (Letters, 1/5), nor is it part of a ”gender war”; it is a careful review of the research evidence and a call for caution in policy decision-making to ensure that where there is no valid reason to deny access to men (such as conflict, violence or poor parenting skills), children will benefit from forming strong attachments to both parents. We will hopefully see lawyers and counsellors taking a more nuanced approach to overnight stays by young children. Courts will, however, cancel overnight visitation by a child with a parent because of the parent’s cohabitation on a showing of an adverse and material negative impact on the child. Family law professionals increasingly assist families experiencing complex issues including family violence, substance misuse and mental health.