The notion of the ‘best interests of the child’ plays a central role in Australian family law.Section 60CA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), as amended in 2006, reiterates the longstanding principle that, in making a parenting order, ‘a court must regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration’. The Australian judiciary has adopted a strong interpretation of the paramountcy principle, according to which the interests of children prevail absolutely over the interests of all other parties. The authors argue that such a strong emphasis on children’s interests cannot be ethically justified; only a weak view of the paramountcy principle can be supported on ethical grounds.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Melbourne University Law Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|