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?
If you’re a parent going through a divorce or a separation, you might think that you know what’s best for your children. But under the law, it’s not all about you. A child’s views are often a very significant factor in determining parenting arrangements following a separation. When determining parenting arrangements, Family Law Courts must take into account the child’s viewpoints, although must also consider the child’s maturity and level of understanding, in determining what weight to … [Read more...] about Listening to the Children
The plight of Sally Faulkner tugged at the heart strings of many Australians. She is the woman whose estranged husband took their children to Lebanon for a holiday and then refused to allow them to return to Australia. Her attempt at retrieving them ended in a fiasco when she was imprisoned in Lebanon along with a television crew, and was forced to trade away her custodial rights to secure her freedom. The children remain in Lebanon for the foreseeable future. If Lebanon had been one of the … [Read more...] about When kids are abducted overseas
Most separating couples are able to resolve their Family Law disputes effectively. But for some, their family law dispute becomes an ongoing saga of conflict and expense which embitters relationships, undermines children’s welfare and everyone’s prospects of future happiness. So, what are the biggest mistakes in family law that cause couples and families such disasters? These are the seven biggest mistakes in Family Law: 1. The couple doesn't enter the family law process with a … [Read more...] about 7 Biggest Mistakes in Family Law