It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year – What To Do When Separation Makes Christmas Time Not So Wonderful?

Amelia Cox – Family Law Practice Team Leader For many of us, Christmas time is synonymous with family time. The school term draws to a close and, for the lucky ones amongst us, time is taken off work for some well-deserved R&R. For separated parents, however, Christmas can sadly be a very stressful period for …

Coercive Control Is Still Domestic Violence

In the 2017–19 NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Report, 99% of domestic violence-related homicides were characterised by coercive control. Research by Professor Evan Stark, the sociologist who developed the concept of coercive control, found 60-80 per cent of women who seek help for abuse have experienced it. In the 2017–19 NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Report, …

Good communication essential for equal shared care?

A new appeals case relating to parenting has thrown some doubt on the importance of communication between parents when considering an equal care arrangement. An equal shared care arrangement is where the children spend equal time with each parent usually on a week about basis. Courts are required to consider whether equal time is in …

Tattooed Mother Ordered Not To Breastfeed!

In an extraordinary case in Newcastle a mother of an 11 month old baby was restrained from breastfeeding the children because her recent tattoo put the child at unnecessary risk of contracting HIV. The Judge also ordered that the child spend from 9am to 3pm Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the father. The mother …

Christmas And Children For Divorced Couples

Christmas And Children For Divorced Couples. Family Lawyers usually see an upswing in disagreements between parents if they have no arrangements in place for the children for the holiday season.  In an ideal world, parents should decide together with the children’s best interests at heart. The most common arrangement we see is the alternate arrangement …

Divorce And Time Limits

In Family Law Divorce, Division of Property and Childcare Arrangments are all treated separately. It is important to be informed about Divorce and time limits. You cannot file for Divorce until at least 12 months after separation.  You do not have to be physically separated in different homes but you will have to file an …

Think Of The Children After Separation!

Actress, Mary-Louise Parker who starred in the television series Weeds has written a book on past men in her life without name them.  The interesting part is that after on particular break up when she was pregnant and after the child was born she refused to say negative things about the father Billy Drudup.  In …

Who Should Keep The Ring When The Engagement Is Called Off?

This is a question that is often asked of Family Lawyers. Many people believe the answer is dicated by convention, tradition and morality, rather than by the law.  So it may surprise you that it is an issue that has been considered by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. An engagement ring has been …

The Pope On Marriage And Divorce

Pope Francis has released much anticipated guidelines on the Church’s approach to love, sex and marriage. The 260 page document lays down revised teachings on how Catholics should approach relationships. Pope Francis said gays should be respected, but restated that there is “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. He called for …

Remembering The Children After Divorce And Separation

There are many organisations that can assist parents with dealing with the children after separation. What do we tell them? How will they cope? These organisations offer counselling, courses for parents and other services targeted at parents and children. One publication worth reading is “What about the children?” by Relationships Australia that offers advice and …

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