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?
As a family lawyer, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that I only ever suggest that divorce is the right choice. I’ve seen my fair share of positive and negative divorce outcomes during my 35 years in practice, but no matter the outcome rarely is the journey through divorce easy and without emotional pain and financial stress. Certainly, there are family conflict situations, such as domestic violence and abuse where separation and divorce are necessary for the safety, protection, health … [Read more...] about How do you know divorce is the right choice?
Most married couples don’t expect to divorce, let alone have the prudence to plan for it. Whilst we've seen a recent drop in the Australian divorce rate, the statistics show that one in three marriages still don’t last. So, what happens when “I Do” becomes “To Do”? Every divorce and separation is different given the family structure and circumstances of each marriage are varied. But the common thread in every divorce is that there are many people to think about and many things to do. … [Read more...] about 3 Matters to Discuss with Your Family Lawyer
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