UK To Undertake New Research on “No Fault” Divorce

by Michelle McDermott on November 24, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Resolution, is a UK Organisation of approximately 6,500 members of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family and in particular the best interests of children. I was a member … Read more

How To Choose The Right Family Lawyer

by Peter Magee on November 22, 2016

Rhiannon Noble

Selecting a family lawyer may sound like a simple process. However, making the best decision may involve more than simply just typing ‘family lawyers’ or ‘property settlement’ into a search engine and selecting the first lawyer that pops up. It is a more in depth process to select a lawyer whom you trust, feel comfortable with, has the appropriate technical … Read more

Access To Justice For All Families

by Bree Staines on November 20, 2016

Bree Staines

Federal Circuit Court Chief Judge John Pascoe told members of the Law Council of Australia’s Family Law Section he was considering closures to Federal Circuit Court registries in regional areas, specifically the Parramatta Registry and Wollongong Registry. The basis for proposed closures was lack of funding and resources for Federal Circuit Courts throughout the country. I note that no closures … Read more

Are You a Helicopter Parent?

by Kate Marr on November 17, 2016

Kate Marr

An article published on the website “Kidspot” describes a parent as a “helicopter parent” if you respond “yes” to any three of the below statements:

  • You insist on school drop-off and pick-up – in year 12;
  • You have a better friendship with your kids’ friends than they do;
  • You give your child a phone to text you when they arrive
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What is Child Inclusive Process Mediation?

by Peter Magee on November 16, 2016

Zoe Durand

You may have heard the phrase “child inclusive process mediation” before. This may sound quite daunting as you seek to protect your children from involvement in your separation.

Child inclusive process mediation (CIP) brings the voice, views, feelings and needs of children to the forefront via child consultants who interview children as part of the mediation process. According to Jennifer … Read more

Can Parenting Orders Be Varied?

by Peter Magee on November 15, 2016

Anne-Louise Pham

In circumstances where there are existing Orders in relation to the care of your child, the Orders may only be varied by a Court, after formal application has been made by a party. This is because once Final Orders have been made, they are deemed to be legally enforceable until the child is 18 years of age. Orders may be … Read more

Grandparents After Separation

by Natasha Heathcote on November 12, 2016

Natasha Heathcote

It is without doubt that a special bond can exist between grandparents and grandchildren. When that bond exists, grandparents generally want to spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren and, of course, spoil them.

It is quite common for grandparents to assist their children and grandchildren by collecting them from school at least once a week and joining … Read more

How Many Extra Curricular Activities Are Too Many?

by Peter Magee on November 10, 2016

Byron Leong

Do you think that your child attending intensive math tutoring or mandarin lessons on a weekend is excessive? OR

Is it ok for your child to engage in school and extracurricular activities from morning until night?

Most of us are likely to answer “yes” to the above questions when they are viewed through more western values however, the answer may … Read more

Effect of International Financial Agreement in Australia

by Michelle McDermott on November 8, 2016

Michelle McDermott

In a recent decision heard by the Family Court in Western Australia, Judge Walters dealt with how Australian law takes into account a Financial Agreement made in another country.

The case of Graf-Salzmann & Graf [2015] FCWA 68 involved a 24 year marriage between a Swiss couple who migrated to Australia in 2005 with their two children, who were then … Read more

Mother Permitted to Relocate With Child

by Peter Magee on November 6, 2016

Rhiannon Noble

In Timms & Payton [2015] FCCA 3324 (18 December 2015) His Honour Judge Altobelli heard the Respondent Mother’s interim Application for her to relocate to a town in New South Wales, in excess of two hours from the Applicant Father’s residence, with their 11 year old daughter.

In August 2014, the parties entered into consent Orders that provided for them … Read more