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Family Violence

Am I Ever Going To See My Child Again?

by Kate Marr on November 1, 2016

Kate Marr

It is an unimaginable thought to try to comprehend not being able to see their child or children for an indefinite period, sometimes for a number of years. This however, for some, is the reality. At times a child could be taken away to live with a third party or parent, with or without both parents consent. If that child … Read more

Felicity Reeman

On 8 December 2015, the Herald Sun’s headline read “The dumping of Baden-Clay murder conviction is a slap to every domestic violence victim”.[1] Truer words were never spoken.

On 15 July 2014, in the Supreme Court of Queensland, a jury found that Gerard Baden-Clay had murdered his wife, Alison Baden-Clay. Throughout the trial, the Crown submitted that Baden-Clay killed his … Read more

Technology and domestic violence

by Amelia Trotman on August 19, 2016

Amelia Trotman

We all know that the definition of domestic and family violence extends well beyond acts of physical violence and/or threats. Each State has their own legislation dealing specifically with domestic violence and in addition, the Family Law Act 1975 defines ‘family violence’ as being any behaviour that ‘coerces or controls a member of the person’s family’ or causes that person … Read more

Women As The Perpetrator Of Family Violence

by Kate Marr on July 19, 2016

Kate Marr

The terms family violence or domestic abuse are readily put out there in news headlines, Facebook news feeds, and newspaper articles. There is even a government funded advertisement campaign in relation to family violence where advertisements are shown at primetime on our television screens.

What is ordinarily put out there though is the perception that family violence is perpetrated by … Read more

Daniel Rod

In the recent matter of Olson & Samuel [2016] FCCA 503 the Court permitted the mother to relocate from Darwin to Sydney with the children.

The mother sought to relocate to Sydney on the basis of the Father’s continuous severe violence and threats of violence towards her. In contrast, the Father sought an Order for the children to continue to … Read more

Felicity Reeman

On 24 September 2015, the federal Government gave $100 million in funding to combat domestic violence in Australia. The funding, whilst inevitably not enough, is most certainly a step in the right direction in the war against violence women.

It beggars belief, however, that our modern nation is compelled to dedicate such extensive resources towards fighting domestic violence. How have … Read more

Peter Magee

Hitting Home by Sarah Ferguson, a documentary which investigates family violence at the harsh coalface. The two part series takes the viewer on a challenging and confronting journey into a women’s refuge in Sydney’s inner-west equipped with 24 hour video surveillance and sensor alarms, a local Court room in which a victim of domestic violence is forced to confront her … Read more

Involvement of children in court proceedings

by Kate Marr on April 7, 2016

Kate Marr

Should children be involved in court proceedings about them?


When the court is asked to make orders in respect of the ongoing parenting arrangements, the court can take into account the child’s wishes and feelings from the evidence lead by their parents, any significant person who also files an Affidavit, an Independent Children’s Lawyer (if one is appointed), an … Read more

Daniel Rod

The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) mandates that parents who separate seek a s60I certificate prior to filing for parenting matters in Court.

The process seeks to implement an alternative for separating parties to filing for Court Orders and it is my belief that this policy is simply misguided and I believe that parties are better directed through other avenues.… Read more

‘Bad Mother’ not allowed to have an IVF Baby

by Bree Staines on February 21, 2016

Bree Staines

In the week commencing Monday,17 August 2015, newspapers around Australia reported that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeal Tribunal had barred a Victorian couple for having a baby, and that the prospective mother was an inappropriate parent to her existing children.

The couple, both aged in their forties, had attempted to undergo In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment together. The prospective mother … Read more