It was recently reported in national media that a Queensland family was enduring an emotional and legal nightmare after the breakdown of the surrogacy relationship between the intended mother and the women pregnant with the child. Whether it was the effects of pregnancy and hormones, or the unexpected reality of what was taking place, the emotional distress by both the … Read more
Bravehearts Founder, Ms Hetty Johnston, made comments in a recent interview with the ABC that the Australian family law system is “sending children to live with convicted sex offenders” because “it’s not listening to hospitals, it’s not listening to doctors, it’s not listening to counsellors. It’s listening to court-appointed experts and ICLs who know nothing of child mental health development … Read more
It is quite common for parents to ‘discipline’ their children with a light smack on the bottom, but when is that going too far and putting the child at risk of abuse.
Along with cultural shifts in the last few decades the disciplining of children has changed. It used to be common for children to receive a belting or a … Read more
When parents separate, even on the most amicable terms, it is inevitable that there will be change to the family and the parenting arrangements. No longer is it possible for both parents to be involved in the children’s morning or night time routine, and to hear the stories as the children rush in the door after school or their extracurricular … Read more
As a family law solicitor who is currently studying to become a qualified family dispute resolution practitioner, much of my attentions are presently focused on the role that mediation has to play in family law disputes.
A family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) is an independent person who helps people who are affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting … Read more
In general Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are legislatively mandated to act in children’s best interests. However FDRP’s are also meant to be neutral and in facilitative mediation, non-directive. Child focused mediation means a mediation where the parties are encouraged to consider the needs and interests of their children as paramount. However child focused mediation, as opposed to child inclusive mediation, … Read more
If only the judgment was written with emojis and in plain language it would all be possible.
A refreshingly new approach has been adopted by the English High Court judge, His Honour Peter Jackson. A recent family dispute involving four children, a British Muslim convert, known only as Mr A in the judgment allegedly attempted to take the four children, … Read more