When does a parent need supervised time?

There are some circumstances where a child’s time with their parent (or extended family such as grandparents) will need to be supervised. The paramount consideration in the determination of parenting orders is what is in the best interests of the child. There are two...

Are you in a domestically violent relationship?

There are some useful tools online for escaping domestic violence. Check out this article from 1800RESPECT for an ‘escape bag’ checklist tool. If you are experiencing domestic violence and need advice, please get in touch for a CONFIDENTIAL discussion....

How has the pandemic affected your relationship?

As the pandemic eases, and things return to a new normal, we are finding many families who have separated as a result of the increased pressure the pandemic brought to them. “Being with no one is better than being with the wrong one, sometimes those who fly solo...

Can a Parent Withhold a Child?

Often in family law proceedings, a parent will elect to withhold contact between the children and the other parent. There are many reasons for this; most often it is when a parent alleges that a child is at risk in the care of the other parent. So, where to from here?...

Master plan of alienation not made out

Master plan of alienation not made out Bell & Bell Conclusion as to Issue A Regrettably and reluctantly, I concur with Mr B’s observation that no matter which party is to blame, “the damage has been done” to X’s relationship with his father. As it stands at the...

Evidence of duration of de facto relationship

Evidence of duration of de facto relationship HUBERT & STROUD[2019] FCCA 2538 The evidence relevant to the duration of the de facto relationship On hearing, the Applicant relied on his affidavit sworn or affirmed on 29 March 2018. He sought leave to rely on...

Public interest – referral of litigant to A-G and ATO

Public interest – referral of litigant to A-G and ATO ASHJAIM & GASPAR [2019] FCCA 2703 Catchwords: FAMILY LAW –Unusual property dispute– Applicant’s business venture which created cash flow failed – Applicant sending monies overseas – Respondent on folly of...

Review family law – is it needed?

Review family law – We don’t need another family law review — we need to act on what we already know By Renata Alexander and published by the ABC So far today police in Australia would have dealt with on average 284 domestic violence matters. Question: How...

Family Court report writer charged with child sex offences

Family Court report writer charged with sexually abusing three children Family Court report writer charged By Heidi Davoren and Josh Robertson ABC News An accused paedophile has been used as an expert by the Family Court in custody disputes that involve allegations of...

Family mediation and dispute resolution

Family mediation and dispute resolution Mediation is a way of resolving disputes between people in conflict, usually facilitated by a neutral person. Separated families are encouraged to use family mediation to help resolve their disputes about children, instead of...

Conflicts between work and family and mental health

Conflicts between work and family and fathers’ mental health Amanda Cooklin – at https://aifs.gov.au/aifs-conference/conflicts-between-work-and-family-and-fathers-mental-health Research summary— June 2019 Overview Fathers today are often expected to fulfil...

Cross-examination and Family Violence

Cross-examination and Family Violence About Family Violence and cross-examination Family Violence means violent, threatening or other behaviour that coerces or controls a family member or causes them to be fearful (Section 4AB Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)). Protecting...

At home alone – what age must children be?

What age can children stay home alone? By Budget Direct Home Insurance What age can children stay home alone? Here in Australia, there is no universal law that outlines at what age children can stay at home alone. Key takeaways: There is no universal age in Australia...