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Kate Marr

If it has come to the point in your relationship whereby you consider that separation from your partner is inevitable then, if there are children of your relationship, it is unavoidable that the decision to separate must be communicated to your children at some stage.

I have been involved in court proceedings where evidence is lead in respect of how … Read more

Go out to work!

by Michelle McDermott on February 19, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Wealthy husbands across the globe (well, in the UK anyway) have rejoiced in a recent decision from Lord Justice Pitchford in the UK Court of Appeal, in which he has told the ex-wife of a millionaire horse surgeon to seek employment, warning that she has no right to expect “an income for life” at her former husband’s expense.

Whilst very … Read more

Bree Staines

This conclusion has come greatly from evidence put forward by legal and support groups such as the Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Judicial College of Victoria and Victoria Legal Aid. These bodies and the Commission have identified issues the family courts experience cases with issues of domestic violence to include the following:

  1. Child protection agencies need to be more actively involved
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Non-compliance to Court Orders

by Kate Marr on January 8, 2016

Kate Marr

Court orders often do not just set out in detail who the children live with and spend time with during the school terms, but also the parenting arrangments on significant occassions and during school holiday periods.

For some families, the routine is well settled and may or may not be set out in court orders. For other families, separation may … Read more

King Solomon and Family Law

by Peter Magee on January 7, 2016

Daniel Rod

I was recently reminded of a Biblical story that I was taught growing up of the wisdom of King Solomon. The story, found in Melachim (“Kings”) 1 3:12, revolves about a dispute between two mothers over a young child. Both mothers, believing that the child was theirs approached the King for help in resolving the dispute. The King proposed to … Read more

Peter Magee

In many family law case involving children, there are allegations made that either one or both of the parents pose a risk of some sort to their children. So much so that it is now mandatory in every court application involving children that each party file a Notice of Risk setting out the alleged risk the other parent poses to … Read more

What’s on in Sydney these holidays?

by Peter Magee on December 23, 2015

Peter Magee

So much! There’s the Santa Fest at Darling Harbour, musicals like Matilda and the 3 Little Pigs (not my favourite choice of a fun night out, but to each their own), Carols at Churches all over Sydney (always lovely), kids’ film festival and the Great Paper plane Race (sounds awesome to me)! With all of these things to do over … Read more

The Great School Debate

by Amelia Trotman on December 11, 2015

Amelia Trotman

I’ve recently had to face the rather significant decision of where to send my eldest child to school next year. It was a difficult process even when my husband and I are were relatively ‘on the same page’. Something that could only be made more difficult in separated families.

The Courts are often required to make Orders in relation to … Read more

Costs of changeover

by Kate Marr on December 3, 2015

Kate Marr

The Daily Mail Australia reported on 30 August 2015 a story about a father who considers he has paid out more than 450,000 pounds to spend time with his son. The father has calculated this cost from payments he has made for air fares, hotels, car rentals, as well as his legal fees in his legal battle for his son … Read more

No jab, no play and no pay

by Natasha Heathcote on November 24, 2015

Natasha Heathcote

New Victorian laws have been made that will mean children will be unable to attend child care centres unless they are fully vaccinated according to their age or until they are on a “recognised catch up program” or have a medical exemption.

Further, the Federal Government has just passed new legislation to deny families the Family Tax Benefit if children … Read more