Discusses parenting and parental absence after separation.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms the child’s right, in normal circumstances, to enjoy an ongoing relationship with both parents. Similarly, Australia’s Family Law Act, amended in 2006, speaks of the child’s right, again in normal circumstances, to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents following separation or divorce. Broadly speaking, “normal circumstances” are those in which an ongoing relationship would not put the child or other family members at risk. For example, continued involvement by both separated parents would not normally be considered to be in a child’s interests if this arrangement was used by one parent as a means of exercising coercive control over one or more family members.