Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series: Professor Patrick Parkinson AM

18 May 2010

Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood

Few areas of public policy involve as much conflict as the law of parenting after separation. The argument of this lecture is that many of these conflicts derive from the breakdown of the model on which divorce reform was predicated in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That model presupposed that divorce could end the relationship between parents in such a way that people could get on with their lives with only residual ties to their former partners. That has proved to be illusory. International trends suggest that there has been an irreversible shift towards a model of post-separation parenting which assumes that the family endures despite the separation of the parents. Once marriage was indissoluble. Now it is parenthood which, in practice, is so difficult to dissolve, with profound implications for parents, children and the family law system.

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM is a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context (4th ed, 2009), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (3rd ed, 2005), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed, 2003). Patrick is a member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law and the editor of the Australian Journal of Family Law, and is well-known for his community work concerning child protection.

Lectures presented as part of the Sydney Law School DistinguishedScholarsLectureSeries 2010 are free, and pre-registration is not required.Click here for a copy of the series program.

Time: 6.00-7.30pm

Location: Foyer (Level 2), Sydney Law School, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: FREE

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