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Gold Coast House Party

by Michelle McDermott on December 18, 2015

Michelle McDermott

The way that the press report stories, particularly relating to family law matters, has always been one of those things that has caused me to get a little, shall we say, cross.

Take the recent example of a house party on the Gold Coast which a mother hosted for her 14 year old daughter. The old saying is that ‘a … Read more

Contempt of court: a serious charge

by Peter Magee on February 18, 2012

Peter Magee
There can be serious penalties imposed for a conviction of contempt, including imprisonment. In an appeal court case of Rossi & Commissioner of Police [2011], a mother was found to have knowingly contravened three parenting orders, after taking her child from school during the morning break and taking him to Adelaide. When police entered the premises, the boy … Read more

Peter MageeThe question of whether or or not a widow should be able to use her deceased husband’s sperm has been raised in a recent Supreme Court case, where Justice Hulme found that widow Jocelyn Edwards had property rights to the deceased Mark Edward’s sperm.  This has allowed Jocelyn the possibility of using IVF with her deceased husband’s sperm.

However, while … Read more

Peter MageeDays like today send a shiver through me. No doubt many family lawyers feel the same way.

The discovery of a couple murdered on the Gold Coast and a five year old girl missing, feared kidnapped, had the hallmarks of a desperate and tragic family breakdown. This morning’s confirmation that the body of Kayla Rogers and her father had also … Read more

Peter MageeAn article titled “More Mothers Paying Child Support” was published in The Age on 11 March 2011.  This article talks about how women are increasingly paying child support to fathers.

The article says that more than 50,000 fathers are registered with the Child Support Agency as full time custodial parents and just over 100,000 women are paying child support.

This … Read more

New paid parental leave is flexible and fair

by Peter Magee on April 8, 2011

Peter MageeFinally, Australians are now able to receive paid parental leave as of 1 January 2011.  The Government is offering parents 18 weeks paid parental leave of $570 per week, (equivalent to the minimum wage in Australia).  Either Mum or Dad can take the leave or share the 18 weeks between them.

These laws finally bring Australia into line with the … Read more

Peter Magee
The New South Wales government is due to consider proposed laws in relation to surrogacy – that is a woman carrying and giving birth to a baby for another person or a couple.  The proposed laws will maintain that commercial surrogacy, that is a surrogacy arrangement for money, is illegal. (SMH 28/09/10)

Rather, the laws will deal with the rights … Read more