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NCJ Number: 136628 Find in a Library
Title: Custody and Access Order: Interviews With Parents About Their Court Experiences
Author(s): A Harland
Corporate Author: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
New Zealand
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 183
Sponsoring Agency: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Number: ISBN 0-477-07627-0
Sale Source: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
Private Box 180
New Zealand
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: A sample of 61 research participants who had obtained a final custody or access order in three selected New Zealand courts in 1987 was interviewed concerning their court experiences. The sample included 32 custodial parents or grandparents, 18 non-custodial persons, 4 with joint or shared custody, and 7 with divided custody.
Abstract: The data for the report were collected via in-depth unstructured interviews. The objectives of the research were to investigate the court experience of applicants for a final custody or access order in terms of their contact with court personnel, opinions about lawyers and counseling received, the hearing, and the outcome of the court process. In addition, the report analyzed reasons for dissatisfaction with the court experience and noted suggestions for improvement. Five chapters related primarily to personnel involved in the family court, specifically lawyers, counselors, the judge, counsel for the child, and social welfare agencies. Three separate chapters focus on the mediation conferences, the court process, and other topics related to custody and access orders. A number of themes emerged from these interviews: the level of understanding the parents had about the Family Court, their perception of the power or control they could exercise during the process, the extent of delays experienced by the parents, and variations in family court practice that they observed. 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Child custody; Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Family courts; New Zealand; Public Opinion of the Courts
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