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Peter Magee

In an article dated 14 July 2011, Dan Harris and Mikaela Conley discussed the issue of whether or not children should be removed from parents if they are obese. The article called “Childhood Obesity: a call for parents to lose custody” was published in ABC News.

The article mainly canvases the ideas of the Harvard University child obesity … Read more

Kate Marr

Section 61DA(1) of the Family Law Act requires that the Court, when making a parenting Order to apply a presumption that is in the best interest of the child for the parents to have equal shared parental responsibility for the child.  This presumption, however, does not apply in cases where there are reasonable grounds to believe that a parent has … Read more

Peter Magee

Does your child have a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to travel long distances? Does the other parent live a long way from you so that long hours in the car is a must to meet them for changeover? It is very common that children suffer from medical conditions which mean it is difficult for them to … 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

Changing a child’s surname

by Peter Magee on January 28, 2012

Peter Magee
Have you ever wanted to change your child’s surname or wanted your child to have a hyphenated surname, for example, “Smith-Jones”?
What can you do if you do not agree with the child’s other parent about a particular surname? You may be surprised to learn that people do raise this as an issue in family law litigation.
It is important … Read more

Parenting skills tested in divorce case

by Peter Magee on January 21, 2012

Peter MageeIn the recent case of Cappetto & Cappetto No.3 [2011] FamCA 345, his Honourable Justice Watts made findings about what parent the children should live with. The children in this case were referred to as “B,” 5 years and 8 months old and “S,” 3 years and 10 months old.

The Applicant Father wanted sole parental responsibility. The Independent Children’s … Read more

Is marriage still a safe place for kids?

by Peter Magee on January 7, 2012

Peter MageeProfessor Parkinson AM is an Australian author and specialist in family law. His recent report For Kids Sake” calls on the Federal Government to overhaul its policy regarding the institution of marriage.

Professor Parkinson has recently released a report titled For Kids Sake. Professor Parkinson has played an important role in the 2006 amendments to the Family Law Act … Read more

Child abduction. Why the law has to change.

by Peter Magee on December 31, 2011

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The statistics about abduction of children from Australia are shocking. For example, on average 2 to 3 children are wrongfully removed from Australia or kept in another country overseas every week by one of their parents.

The Federal Government has heeded recommendations of the Family Law Council of Australia and has proposed to implement laws giving the Family Court of … Read more

DIY family law – the pros and cons.

by Peter Magee on December 27, 2011

Peter Magee
A lot of friends ask me whether it is worth paying for a lawyer to assist them in sorting out their family law matter.  The answer depends on the circumstances.

You may be concerned about incurring unnecessary legal costs in your Family Law matter, however sometimes, spending the money on a good lawyer at the start of your matter may … Read more

Adoption in the ACT: what you need to know

by Peter Magee on November 15, 2011

Peter MageeHave you considered adopting a child or a young person? Have you wanted to know about the adoption process in the ACT? Hopefully this blog will provide you with useful information about the ACT adoption process.

Essentially, adoption is the process in which a child stops being part of one family and in a legal sense they become a permanent … Read more