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APS Event: When is a Father Not a Father, 2 March 2017

APS Event: When is a Father Not a Father, 2 March 2017

The Australian Psychological Society, Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest Group is convening a workshop on the legal and psychological issues of non-paternity. Please see below for more details.

Join us to examine the interplay of legal and psychological issues that arise from the disclosure of misattributed paternity during parental separation and disputes, and how these are addressed in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

With modern genetic technology providing affordable and accurate means of determining paternity, Family Courts have utilised parentage testing to assist with the determination of child support and care arrangements. The enactment of paternity disestablishment legislation has enabled legal fathers to be relieved from financial obligation if test results find that he is not biologically related to a child for whom he had previously been financially supporting. Disclosures of non-paternity have also led to revisions of parenting plans, such as in situations when a non-biological father no longer wishes to maintain a social relationship with his child. Paternity disestablishment legislation has generated legal and psychological discussions on the biological and social definitions of fatherhood.


David Meredith
Managing Partner of Meredith Lawyers, a Sydney and Perth firm practising in Family Law and Criminal Law

Dr Emily Kwok
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

APS Member: $55
Non-APS Member: $75
APS Student Member: $40

Costs include 2 course meal

Please register by clicking here. 

Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday, 02 March 2017
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • Venue (Address): Vibe Hotel Sydney 111 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000
  • Price: APS Member: $55; Non-APS Member: $75; APS Student Member: $40
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