Social media has changed the way we communicate and is an integral part of how people connect in today’s culture. The use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Snapchat and other social networking sites and smartphone applications is second nature for many people. According to the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report, 79% of Australians are active on social media and over a third of users check their accounts five times or more per day. While social media is a great enabler in … [Read more...] about Can Social Media Impact Your Family Law Dispute?
Most people embroiled in family law disputes want to settle matters out of court, and with good reason. Court proceedings for family law disputes are notoriously long, complex, time-consuming and extremely stressful. And more often than not, very costly. It probably comes as no surprise that by far the biggest cost in family law disputes - second only to the emotional impact on the family - is the fees that family lawyers charge their clients. And sometimes these costs are high enough to … [Read more...] about Are Cost Blowouts in Family Law Disputes Justified?
If spring is the season to wed, research suggests summer is the season to separate. But does it need to be? A US study found that the national divorce-filing rate goes up in March and August of each year. In Australia, the peak period for separation is in February and March. And according to the researchers, this is no coincidence. They found a seasonal pattern for divorce and separation follows the summer and winter holidays. And as a trusted family lawyer practising for over 30 … [Read more...] about Six Ways to Reclaim Your Marriage and Avoid Divorce?
Following a separation, should there be shared parenting with children spending equal time with both parents? Until quite recently, shared parenting was uncommon. Up ‘til 2006, only about four percent of parents got equal time with their children. But following 2006 Family Law amendments, when courts were required to consider equal time in most cases, the percentage of equal time arrangements shot up to 35 percent. Not everyone was happy about this: some critics argued that where one parent … [Read more...] about Shared parenting isn’t for everyone
Many parents involved in a family dispute worry about the impact of separation on their children. Have they done the right thing? How can they best help their children? In most cases, they need not worry so much. In fact, experts tend to agree it's a myth that children are better off when their unhappy parents stay together. Although divorce and separation are stressful, research indicates the great majority of children from divorced families are emotionally healthy and well-adjusted. And … [Read more...] about Family Law: Impact of Separation on Children
Smacking your child as a form of discipline is a controversial topic and one that continues to divide parents, globally. Many Australian parents believe smacking is an effective way to discourage bad behaviour, but most use non-physical means of discipline such as taking away technology and using time-outs. Whereas some parents utterly detest any form of smacking of children, no matter how soft or mild. Several countries have drawn a line and outlawed corporal punishment of children … [Read more...] about Family Law: Is smacking your child illegal?