Sydney, NSW -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/31/2013 -- The family court heard how the conflict between parents can seriously affect their child. The Court did not find that it would be in the best interest of the child for his parents to have equal shared parental responsibility due to the high level of conflict between them. Thus, the mother was awarded sole parental responsibility and the father was allowed to spend time with the child during specified dates.
The parties’ son was born on October 2004. They separated in July 1995 with their son only nine months old. Since then the child has lived with his mother and spends time with the father. Proceedings involving the care of the child have been going on since 2006 and the Court noted that the conflict between the parties have prevailed despite the court processes and family consultant interventions.
There was a concern for the child who exhibited “clear signs of developing anxiety, insecurity and a sad belief that the world is not a safe place for him.” In this case, the Court has consistently expressed sadness over the situation that while the parents as individuals had a lot to offer their son, “As a collective, however, I say that they are capable of destroying the very child they love so much.”
Thus, the Court awarded sole parental responsibility to the mother with the qualification that she confer and consult with the Father in making decisions concerning the child’s future schooling and surgery or serious medical treatment.
In its orders, the Court specified which dates the father can spend time with the child and the process on how to go about it. It was also ordered by the Court that the parents attend post-separation counseling.
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