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Using the feminist critique of mediation to explore "the good, the bad and the ugly" implications for women of the introduction of mandatory family dispute resolution in Australia

Field, Rachael M. (2006) Using the feminist critique of mediation to explore "the good, the bad and the ugly" implications for women of the introduction of mandatory family dispute resolution in Australia. Australian Journal of Family Law, 20(5), pp. 45-78.

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Abstract

In this article, aspects of the feminist critique are used to analyse issues arising for women as a result of the introduction in Australia in 2006 of, what is in effect, mandatory family dispute resolution in children’s disputes. The article argues that whilst family dispute resolution can be a positive process for women, it can also be an environment in which women face significant disadvantages. These potential disadvantages mean that mandating family dispute resolution, as a process of first resort in children’s disputes, will potentially create great post-separation injustice for women, and consequently for many children (an important consideration given the heavy emphasis on the best-interests of the children that dominates rhetoric about the Bill).

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ID Code: 6271
Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0817-623X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Lexis Nexis
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:23

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