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Family Law Courts respond to COVID-19

  The Chief Justice of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court has just released a new practice direction, creating an urgent list dedicated to parenting matters impacted by COVID-19....


Communicating with the Court – Solicitors’ Responsibilities

A recent Legal Services Commission (“LSC”) case has highlighted the consequences for practitioners who communicate with judges without the prior consent of opposing parties. In a recent hearing before the...


Arbitration – Private Resolution

I am excited to see the focus of the Family and Federal Circuit Courts of Australia, towards arbitration. A media release has been issued by the courts indicating that matters...


Are you a victim of gaslighting?

What is gaslighting Gaslighting is a term used to describe emotional abuse by a partner, parents, sibling, friend or even a boss, to get the upper hand by using manipulative...


I reported harm to the Department of Child Safety, and they didn’t take any action

As a family lawyer, I often speak to parents who are concerned about their child or children being harmed in the care of the other parent or persons connected to...


Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Directives

Death. It’s not something a lot of us like to contemplate and certainly not discuss with others. But as they say, there are two things certain in life – we...


COVID-19 – Implications for Victims of Domestic Violence

Amidst the sea of government-issued rules and restrictions our country is facing today in a concerted effort to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, there is another silent...


10 Coping strategies for parents sharing custody during coronavirus

Shared parenting can be difficult at the best of times, even more so during a global pandemic like the coronavirus. In these challenging times, it can be difficult to keep...


Travelling interstate for children of separated parents

Restrictions have now come into place for Queensland border control. These restrictions will affect parents whose children live outside of Queensland and parents who have children, whose other parent lives...