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The BIG Signs You Should Stop Trying To Co-parent With Your Ex

Category: CHILD SAFETY

The BIG Signs You Should Stop Trying To Co-parent With Your Ex

For your kids’ sake and your own sanity. Relentless Demands and/ or Useless Communication Whether you’ve been separated/ divorced for 6 months or 6 years, the constant calls, texts, and emails haven’t stopped. He/ she has elected themselves as your primary advisor on all things ‘parenting’ including education, scheduling, and religion. You get minute-to-minute coverage

CHILD SAFETY Divorce Family Law Blog September 11, 2018

Getting a Divorce? 5 Tips On Telling the Kids

Getting divorced is tough enough in so many ways, but it’s made infinitely harder when children are involved. How do you announce to the kids that Mum and Dad are splitting up? No matter what age the children are, there’s no easy way of telling the children, but here are a few tips to make

A New Approach To Nesting In Family Law

As with many developments in the different ways to approach the resolution of family law matters, a new approach to managing post-separation parenting arrangements is emerging from North America. Collaborative law practice emerged in the United States, and now nesting, sometimes also called bird nesting, is a new approach that seems to be taking off

CHILD SAFETY July 20, 2018

How To Step Up: Application to adopt a stepchild or transfer parental responsibility; which is best for you?

We have been asked a number of times about adoption of children by step-parents. This is an area where the state and federal jurisdictions intersect, and the process can vary between the states in Australia. In QLD, whilst it is possible for a step parent to apply to adopt a child, this is not an

CHILD SAFETY July 2, 2018

Who’s your daddy? DNA testing in Court

The question of a child’s paternity is a matter that commonly arises in Family Law disputes. While a simple DNA test can shed light on the identity of a child’s biological father, there are of course other issues that need to be considered, including the payment of child support to the child’s mother. If you

What Is a Parenting Plan and Why Would You Want One?

Separation and divorce can prove to be a complicated process on a number of levels, even if there are no children involved. However, when a couple has had children together, working out an amicable arrangement can become a major point of conflict and concern. Many drawn out court battles have occurred over the years due

My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Children

Separation and divorce is a stressful and very confusing period of life. Stress levels are exacerbated even further when children are involved. Many marriages and de facto relationships that break down will have children in the equation, and it certainly makes a clean separation that much more complicated. And divorce is difficult enough without one

Limits of hair follicle drug testing in Family Law proceedings

Drug use by a parent is often alleged in Family Law parenting proceedings, typically in the context of one parent calling into question the ability of the other parent to provide appropriate care for the child/children. Where drug use is alleged by one or both parents, a Court will often seek some independent evidence to

Varying & Setting Aside Final Parenting Orders

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Varying and setting aside final parenting orders A recent case has moved the goal posts when it comes to re-opening parenting matters after final orders have already been made by the Court. The test adopted by the Courts is that a parent seeking to have parenting orders set aside

How old does a child have to be before they can decide who they live with?

We are frequently asked at what age a child can make decisions for themselves about which parent they will choose to live with. Two cases decided recently in Australia and the UK illustrates very well that the answer to this question is generally that the only definite response is when the child reaches the age

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