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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

Is your child safe on an overseas holiday?

by Bree Staines on March 29, 2016

Bree Staines

As a parent, one of the worst feelings possible would be to not know where your children are, who they are with and when you will see them again.

This is the circumstance an Australian mother found herself:

The father of her children took the children to his home country of Lebanon for a holiday but did not return … Read more

Peter Magee

Your online footprint matters. Money Magazine has recently reported that 93 percent of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Upon reviewing this information, 55 percent of hiring managers have reconsidered a candidate based on the information they uncover and more often than not, this has been to the candidate’s detriment.

Like potential employers, … Read more

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

‘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

Boy, 4, ordered to visit ice dad

by Natasha Heathcote on February 17, 2016

Natasha Heathcote

The Australian reported on 1 October 2015 that a four-year-old boy was ordered to spend time with his father notwithstanding his use of the drug ice and evidence of him serving jail time for an incident where he allegedly threatened the mother with a shotgun.

Whilst the article makes out that the father is dangerous and the child is spending … Read more

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

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

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