From the category archives:


Felicity Reeman

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

What is Child Focused Mediation?

by Peter Magee on October 9, 2016

Zoe Durand

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

What if Justice Ipp was a Family Lawyer?

by Peter Magee on May 30, 2016

Daniel Rod

Justice Ipp was a former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge, who pioneered reforms with respect to civil liability in NSW with the release of the “Review of the law of negligence”, known as the Ipp Report (“the report”).

This report later formed the basis of what is now known in New South Wales as the Civil Liability Act. The … Read more

Peter Magee As Adele says in her top selling song “Someone Like You”, “sometimes it lasts in love and sometimes it hurts instead.” While the solicitors at Armstrong Legal have expertise in the legal aspect of people’s separations, we understand that for clients, the emotional aspect of the separation is at least equally important. The reality is that … Read more

Hatred for ex-partner prevents shared care

by Peter Magee on February 1, 2012

Peter Magee
An article published in the Australian and written by Carolyn Overington on 24 November 2011, reports on a recent Queensland case in which the full bench of the Family Court found that shared care was not appropriate in relation to a five year old girl.

Allegations of violence and emotional abuse were made by both parents, however the Court found … Read more

Collaborative law: an alternative way to handle divorce

by Peter Magee on December 11, 2011

Peter MageeDo you want to retain as much control as possible over your Property Settlement? Are you able to communicate and be in close proximity with your estranged spouse/partner? Perhaps you could consider engaging the services of lawyers who practice Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law is distinct from the traditional approach to property settlements adopted by lawyers. The hallmark of Collaborative Law … Read more

Peter MageeRecently, I have received a number of legal enquiries from people who said they felt they were forced to agree to be supervised by another adult or a paid supervisor when spending time with their children because the other parent had expressed safety concerns or made allegations about them.

Sometimes it is preferable for a parent to agree to supervised … Read more

Sharia law. Could it affect your divorce?

by Peter Magee on October 4, 2011

Peter Magee
You may have read about “Sharia Law” which  has been discussed in the news a bit in Australia lately.  What is this law, and how could it impact families undergoing separation?

Sharia Law is a legal system commonly seen in Islamic countries. Not all Islamic countries embrace Sharia Law. Some migrants come from a Sharia law culture which they wish … Read more

Collaborative law: Could it work for your divorce?

by Peter Magee on March 28, 2011

Peter MageeSeveral of our family lawyers have recently completed collaborative law training, with the rest of the Armstrong Legal family lawyers to be trained within the next few months.

Collaborative law is a new method for resolving disputes.  It is not litigation, nor is it mediation.  Rather, collaborative law involves each party having their own lawyer and the two clients and … Read more

Mediation works says the Chief Justice

by Peter Magee on February 4, 2011

Over the last three years the number of cases diverted to mediators from the NSW Supreme Court has grown by 128%.  40% of those cases were diverted to private mediators according to the Supreme Courts annual review.  Of the cases referred to mediation the overall majority relate to cases involving claims for family provision.  Justice Spigelman the Chief Justice says … Read more