Parent badmouthing is child abuse

ALIENATION: Andy Gough of Larnook and Debby Cook of Uki protest changes to Family Law Court laws.
ALIENATION: Andy Gough of Larnook and Debby Cook of Uki protest changes to Family Law Court laws.

CHANGES to the Family Law Act over recent years have led to a situation where one parent can make allegations in court about the other parent; allegations which the court can decide are serious enough to prevent a parent seeing their child.

Telling the court the other parent has sexually molested the child, even without any evidence, will certainly mean that the accused parent is kept away from the child.

Yet even when an investigation shows the allegations to be false, there is no legal redress on the parent who committed perjury by making untrue accusations under oath.

"There is no presumption of innocence for a parent who has allegations made against them," Debby Cook of Uki told The Echo. She was out on Lismore's Molesworth St last Friday in solidarity with the Parental Alienation Awareness Organisation.

"It's like the allegation is the same as a conviction. These are changes to the law brought in by the Labor Party and supported by the Greens, that removed penalties for perjury and support the removal of a parent from the child and the home, purely on the basis of an allegation.

"This is so serious. It's not only men it happens to, but it's estimated that the consequent family breakdown results in four Australian men a day committing suicide."

Andy Gough of Larnook joined Debby in the international day of protest.

"We hear of a lot of cases of parents making false allegations in court," Andy said.

"And when they're found to be false, there's no fine, no prison, no sanctions at all.

"How can this possibly be in the child's best interest? It's called parental alienation...

"That's the important message. There are lots of ways one parent can try to alienate a child from the other, and they all amount to child abuse."

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