Bruce Smyth

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24 May 2007

The report is a benchmark study based on data relating to a period prior to the 2006 reforms to the family law system and will be used to assist in evaluating aspects of the reforms.

It provides some challenging findings about the frequency of...


17 Jun 2005

The Attitudes to Child Support Study, conducted by the AIFS early in 2005, was designed to inform the work of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support. Data were obtained from a general population sample of 1001 people aged between 18 and 64 years and from...


18 Aug 2003

The Australian government recently announced a parliamentary inquiry to investigate whether a legal presumption of joint residence should become part of Australian family law - that is, if parents separate and cannot agree on arrangements for their children, the starting point should be that children...

Journal article

17 Jul 2003

What are the motives, arrangements, and reflections of separated parents who spend equal time with their children? This paper aims to provide some insights by drawing on qualitative data derived from a series of focus groups. Participants were recruited through a story in a Melbourne...



13 Mar 2003

Drawing on data from Wave 1 of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this paper explores patterns of contact between non-resident fathers and their children - including patterns of day-only contact. It also examines the impact of re-partnering on contact and...

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