June 2020

Your kids see everything

By | June 19th, 2020|

Family violence involves more than hitting.  The Family Law Act has a much broader definition of family violence, including what is called coercive and controlling behaviour.  The impact of this conduct on parents who survive it and their children cannot be underestimated. A punch might lead to the arrest of [...]

May 2020

Litigation in a pandemic

By | May 20th, 2020|

If you’re isolating at home exposed to ongoing disputes, there is now an avenue out. The Family Courts have established a court list dedicated to urgent family law disputes that have arisen as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The list commenced on 29 April 2020 and is already [...]

Family violence and the Family Court

By | May 20th, 2020|

If you thought family violence required physical abuse, then you were wrong. It can include coercive and controlling behaviour, limiting access to money, limiting access to friends, or limiting access to family. It is conduct that causes the family member to be fearful.  It is not unusual for family violence [...]

April 2020

Mediating in a Pandemic

By | April 30th, 2020|

The Chief Justice of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court (same guy) has released guidelines on how parents should address issues that might arise in the current spatial restriction environment (for Victoria or Queensland, lockdown).  Unsurprisingly, common sense and cooperation is urged.  We have seen disputes emerge even [...]

Mediate Don’t Detonate

By | April 21st, 2020|

Everyone who has spoken to a family lawyer in Sydney recently will know about the problems with our Court system - “the Sydney problem”. Anyone who has watched the news or had a keen eye on newspapers recently would have a vague awareness that delays in the system are lengthy [...]

The New Normal

By | April 17th, 2020|

While it might seem we are living in a dystopian movie involving biohazards, quarantines and social disruption, some basics remain.  The interests of children need to remain the focus of parents. The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia has released a Top 10 Guide for Separated Parents [...]

Supervised Time in a Pandemic

By | April 8th, 2020|

The Government's spatial distancing and other restrictions as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic have played havoc with contact arrangements for many families. Supervision providers are pivoting quickly to assist parties.  We received only this morning some information from Holding Hands Family Services about their new Online Contact Visit system [...]

March 2020

Parenting in a pandemic

By | March 25th, 2020|

You have the kids and your ex-partner has a cough, fever and headache…… You are to facilitate time with the children but you are worried it will expose them to COVID-19. What do you do? The paramount consideration is the best interests of the children, and under this umbrella is [...]

COVID Kids

By | March 24th, 2020|

You're at home. The children are at home. Locked down. You cannot go to the park and your ex keeps demanding the kids. The Court says half school holidays but it sure doesn’t feel like a holiday. So what is it? If you have interim or final orders already your [...]

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