12 Mar

Fathers Awarded Primary Care in Tough Stance Against Mothers

Recent parenting decisions are a stark reminder to parents to put the children first in parental disputes, with the Courts stressing a child’s right to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. The Family Court is taking a tough stance on mothers who deny or interfere with their children’s relationship…

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22 Feb

How To Prepare For A Family Report

TAKING IT TO COURT? CONGRATULATIONS! YOU AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR A FAMILY REPORT. It is inevitable that parents who institute proceedings in the family court involving their children, will, if the parenting issues relating to the children are not resolved, be required to attend a conference and consult with initially a…

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19 Feb

Payment and Recovery of a Child Support Debt

Payment and Recovery of a Child Support Debt If an application has been lodged with the Child Support Agency, and for whatever reason, there is a debt outstanding on the assessment of child support by the agency, how is that debt recovered? An assessment for child support by the Child…

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16 Feb

Top 10 Matters to think about when separating

Top 10 Matters to think about when separating Seek advice from your accountant or financial adviser on the financial consequences arising from a separation. Work out a budget of your essential living expenses, not only for yourself but your children. List all your expenses. Download a financial statement from the…

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15 Feb

Understanding The Family Law Amendment Bill

Lengthy Battles It has long been recognised that the present litigious proceedings in the Family Court have not been the most appropriate means of dealing with children’s issues. The Federal Government established a review committee to advise on a system that would best deal with parenting issues. As a result…

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12 Feb

Understanding The Parenting Bill

AN EXPOSE OF THE PROPOSED NEW PARENTING LEGISLATION: THE FAMILY LAW AMENDMENT (PARENTING MANAGEMENT HEARINGS) BILL 2017 Because of the importance of this legislation, it has been displayed in full detail on our website. What is The Parenting Bill? A proposed new forum for resolving family law disputes relating to…

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07 Feb

What about the Children?

What about the Children?  Considering the Psychological Impact of Family Breakdown on Children. The way parents handle a separation can have a huge impact on how well their children cope with it. Research has shown that children from families where parents are involved a high conflict separation are at greater…

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02 Feb

Collaborative Mediation

Joint Mediation with a collaborative trained solicitor and psychologist. I am an Accredited Family Law Specialist.  Over the many years that I have been in practice I have been involved in all facets of Family Law and in all areas of Family Law mediation varying from the basic Legal Aid…

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14 Dec

Shared Parent? How to survive this holiday season.

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of togetherness and joy. In particular, children are able to experience the wonderment of the Christmas celebrations in a way that is very unique. However, since family members may not always get along, holiday family gatherings can bring out conflict, stress…

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17 Nov


The YES Vote Wins! So where to from here, and what does it mean for same sex rights? It was an awesome sight to see how Australia stood still to hear the news that, we the people, voted in the majority to legally allow same sex couples to marry.  The…

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