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Family Matters No. 59 - June 2001

Family law - Researching the Family Law Reform: The authors respond

Abstract

An edited version of the Executive Summary of the report, The Family Law Reform Act 1995: The First Three Years, by the authors was published in the previous edition of Family Matters (no.58). This edition of Family Matters contains an article by Lawrie Moloney and a letter from Patrick Parkinson in which they review the report and provide criticisms of the authors' methodology, implying that it lacks rigour. The authors provide general responses about their qualitative research and address some of the individual matters raised by both Moloney and Parkinson concerning issues of enhancing outcomes for children post separation, the decision not to include 'the voices of children' and the balance in the number of men and women interviewed.

An edited version of the Executive Summary of the report, The Family Law Reform Act 1995: The First Three Years, by the authors was published in the previous edition of Family Matters (no.58). This edition of Family Matters contains an article by Lawrie Moloney and a letter from Patrick Parkinson in which they review the report and provide criticisms of the authors' methodology, implying that it lacks rigour. The authors provide general responses about their qualitative research and address some of the individual matters raised by both Moloney and Parkinson concerning issues of enhancing outcomes for children post separation, the decision not to include 'the voices of children' and the balance in the number of men and women interviewed.

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