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?
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
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
Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce? One that’s conducted amicably with fairness to all parties? Or is a divorce doomed to be a difficult and distressing experience, characterised by anger, anxiety, regret (and great expense), so the only sensible course is to look out for number one? It’s easy to be get caught up in a battle of wills so that the divorce ends up just another step in the marital dispute. And as a family lawyer, I’d be the first to admit there is unfortunately a legal … [Read more...] about How to have a good divorce