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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, November 15, 2013

Parents go to court over sugar sweets

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Separated parents have resorted to taking legal action to curb their children's festive sugar intake as a deadline looms for Christmas custody deals this Friday.

Huge legal bills are being racked up as the Family Court of Australia also takes action to sanction parents who give their teenagers a tipple at the Christmas table.

Trouble-making in-laws and new partners and spouses have been singled out by warring litigants who have until the national filing deadline on November 8 to apply for holiday season orders.

"The court has to assume that parents will act responsibly and you would hope parents would not be feeding children heaps of sugar or giving teenagers alcohol, but it happens,'' Family Lawyer Nikolai Koolik said.

Mr Koolik, a North Lakes' based mediator, said the emotion-charged atmosphere of Christmas Day often led to disputes at change overs and "every excuse under the sun'' for noncompliance.

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