Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
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Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More Keeping kids safe in driveways Safekids New Zealand is inviting community groups and organisations to a workshop in Porirua on Friday on preventing children from being run over by vehicles reversing out of driveways. Every two weeks in New Zealand, a child is hospitalised with serious injuries resulting from a vehicle being driven on a private driveway. Five children are killed the same way each year. Most children injured in driveway incidents are toddlers, aged about two. Those not killed often suffer severe injuries. The driver is usually a close family member. The devastating impact of these events upon families cannot be overstated, says Safekids New Zea- land director Ann Weaver. The Safekids Campaign work- shop is an opportunity for Child Injury Prevention practitioners, agencies, community groups, volun- teer services and organisations to receive up-to-date information and new resources on this injury issue. The Porirua session is being taken by Petelo Alosio on June 24. Anyone interested in taking part in the workshop should phone 04 238 6077 or send an email to email@example.com. What happens to children in a split THE LAW REPORT MEGAN BOYD Separating? Some things you should know about parenting. Separation is a difficult time. Some basic know- ledge of the law regarding children is helpful for the process. Rights and responsibilities Generally both parents have the same rights and responsibilities in regards to children. This may mean a starting point of shared day-to-day care. (Day-to-day care used to be known as custody.) Shared day-to-day care need not mean a 50-50 split. Day-to-day care includes having exclusive responsibility for the child for even a part of a day. For some parents, day-to-day care is not poss- ible. These parents may prefer contact with the children for certain periods of time. (Contact used to be known as access.) Contact includes direct and indirect interaction with a child, such as reg- ular phone calls, emails, or even contact via Facebook. Decision-making responsibilities are shared by both parents even if only one has day-to-day care. This includes decisions about schooling, religion and so on. Parenting agreements The Care of Children Act encourages parents to come to an agreement about day-to-day care and contact. This can be whatever works for both parties. It is a good idea to put any agreement in writing and sign it, although this is not required. This is called a parenting agreement. Whitireia Community Law Centre has booklets to assist parents who want to make a parenting agreement. If the parties cannot agree, it can be helpful to access Family Court counselling: up to six sessions with a trained counsellor at no cost, to assist with a parenting agreement. This is avail- able by application at the Family Court. Parenting orders As a final resort, parties can make an application to the Family Court for a parenting order. Before the final court hearing occurs, a mediation conference will be held, led by a judge, to try to reach agreement between the parties. If this fails, the case will proceed to a full hear- ing, where another judge will hear all the evi- dence, then make a parenting order. Enforcement A parenting agreement is not legally enforceable. In the event of a breach, the enforcing party will need to make an application to the court for a parenting order in terms of the parenting agree- ment, before any action can be taken to enforce what was agreed. Where a parenting order is breached, the court can: admonish the breaching party (in other words, tell them off); vary or discharge the parenting order; order payment of a bond to force compliance; order payment of costs incurred; or issue a warrant to enforce provision of day-to-day care or contact. Contravention of a parenting order is an offence, punishable by imprisonment for up to three months or a fine of up to $2500. This is rarely resorted to, although in 2008 one case was referred to police by the Family Court for assessment for prosecution. Child support Child support payments can be the subject of agreement between the parties as to amount, payment frequency and other details, or it can be assessed by Inland Revenue according to its for- mula assessment. If the parties have an agreement this can be registered with and deducted by Inland Revenue. However, if one party is claiming the DPB, Inland Revenue will require child support be paid according to its formula assessment, as this money is paid to the Government to help with the cost of the benefit. Where both parties have day-to-day care for a minimum of three nights per week, both parties are theoretically liable to make child support payments under a formula assessment. Whitireia Community Law Centre gives preliminary information and advice on family law matters and can refer you to a family law practitioner. Call us on 237 6811 or come in to level three Pember House to speak to a lawyer.
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