Jasmin Newman is an educator, mediator and coach who has been an active proponent in the reform of the family law system since 2013. Her interest in family court matters arose when, through her work, she found herself listening to heart-wrenching stories of parental alienation and abduction, all of which involved complex family court decisions.
Jasmin immersed in herself in understanding the history of Australian family law and the interested political lobby groups which shaped its legislation. With neither the mothers’ or fathers’ groups happy with outcomes, the system was failing everyone, but none more so than the children.
It raised deep questions on the efficacy of family law in parenting disputes and the public’s over-reliance on using it. How could legislation, which in theory was designed for child protection, result in such catastrophic outcomes?
Unwittingly, Jasmin stirred a hornet’s nest in 2015 when she was invited to attend parliament on the subject of shared-parenting and family law reform. Those lobbyists staunchly opposed to the current shared-parenting legislation launched a relentless, targetted and vitriolic attack upon her. Eventually successful through litigation, she was finally able to resume her business and return to her formal studies.
She remains a dedicated advocate for a less adversarial family separation process. This is her first book.
“Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It’s the act of interrupting injustice, without mirroring injustice, the act of disrupting evil, without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight, but the careful, arduous pursuit of the reconciliation of justice.”
~ Shane Claiborne: A Liturgy for Common Radicals
Jasmin Newman lives and works in Sydney, Australia