How are children heard in family law proceedings in Australia?

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Fitzgerald, RM 2002, 'How are children heard in family law proceedings in Australia?', Southern Cross University Law Review, vol. 6, pp. 177-203.

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How children are heard in family law proceedings that affect them exploring the representations and understandings of childhood that are evident in Australian family law - the Family Law Act and its implementation construct certain meanings of childhood and make assumptions that allow for the regulation of children's voices - by identifying and acknowledging assumptions underpinning legal representations, it is hoped that the paper will participate in the process of understanding and communicating with children as a group - facilitating different ways of enabling children to speak and generate different insights into complex issues confronting children in family law.