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
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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?
In Family Law proceedings, in arguing a case before the Family Court, you may want proof of an event (or events) that supports your case—incidents of violence by a partner, for example. You may lack proof to back up your case—many events take place behind closed doors, when no one else is present. How do you prove what happened? What about a video or a sound recording that corroborates your allegations? Can a recording of conversations, or a video of the acts of the other party, be used as … [Read more...] about Better not to secretly record or videotape
No doubt about it, we’re a multicultural nation. To prove the point, Australia was recently ranked as the second most multicultural nation in the world, after Luxembourg. Almost 50% of Australia’s population was either born overseas or has a parent who was born abroad. But how has this cultural diversity affected marriage, separation and divorce in Australia? It is a question that affects many Australians. Almost half of Australian marriages involve at least one spouse born overseas. And … [Read more...] about Family Law In a Multicultural Context
Sadly, about one third of current marriages in Australia are likely to end in separation or divorce. Couples in de facto relationships fare even worse; the evidence shows that the separation rate is significantly higher for de facto relationships than for marriages. But most people are willing to give it another go. The great majority whose first marriage or relationship ends, are likely to remarry or re-partner not too long afterwards. The question then arises; do such relationships fare … [Read more...] about Family Law – Getting it right the second time