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Parenting arrangements after separation study: Evaluating the 2014 family law reforms : Family justice professionals' perspectives. Interim Research Report for the New Zealand Law Foundation and the Independent Panel Examining the 2014 Family Justice Reforms Megan Gollop and Nicola Taylor

By: Gollop, Megan.
Contributor(s): Taylor, Nicola J.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Dunedin, New Zealand : Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago, 2019Description: electronic document (166 pages) ; PDF file.Subject(s): ACCESS | CHILD CUSTODY | FAMILY COURT | FAMILY LAW | JUSTICE | LAW REFORM | SEPARATION | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Law Foundation media release, July 2019 Summary: This Interim Report presents preliminary data from a two-phase research project generously funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation. Phase One was undertaken during 2014-2015 and involved the initial scoping, consultation and planning for implementation of the Phase Two nationwide study from 2016. The primary purpose of Phase Two (1 August 2016 to 31 January 2020) was to undertake the empirical components of a large-scale nationwide mixed-methods study to evaluate the 2014 family law reforms. This phase addressed the following research questions: • What are parents’ and family justice professionals’ perceptions and experiences of postseparation family dispute resolution processes regarding decisions about children’s care arrangements post-31 March 2014? • Which family justice systems/services/processes are working well for families and family justice professionals and which are not? • How and why do parents choose different dispute resolution pathways (e.g., selfresolution, private agreement, out-of-court or in-court dispute resolution) and are they associated with different experiences, perspectives and outcomes (such as stability of care arrangements, conflict reduction)? This report (Part 1) focuses on data from the family justice professionals (points 4 and 5 above). Future reports (Parts 2 and 3) will report on the parent/caregiver survey and interview data. (From the Project overview). Record #6309
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This Interim Report presents preliminary data from a two-phase research project generously
funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation. Phase One was undertaken during 2014-2015 and involved the initial scoping, consultation and planning for implementation of the Phase
Two nationwide study from 2016.

The primary purpose of Phase Two (1 August 2016 to 31 January 2020) was to undertake the empirical components of a large-scale nationwide mixed-methods study to evaluate the
2014 family law reforms. This phase addressed the following research questions:
• What are parents’ and family justice professionals’ perceptions and experiences of postseparation family dispute resolution processes regarding decisions about children’s care
arrangements post-31 March 2014?
• Which family justice systems/services/processes are working well for families and family justice professionals and which are not?
• How and why do parents choose different dispute resolution pathways (e.g., selfresolution, private agreement, out-of-court or in-court dispute resolution) and are they associated with different experiences, perspectives and outcomes (such as stability of
care arrangements, conflict reduction)?

This report (Part 1) focuses on data from the family justice professionals (points 4 and 5 above).

Future reports (Parts 2 and 3) will report on the parent/caregiver survey and interview data. (From the Project overview). Record #6309