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Interesting Statistics on Overnight stays with non-resident parent

It is important to distinguish between day-time only contact and overnight stays because the latter provides greater opportunities for family activities to occur, which encourages emotional bonds to develop between children and their non-resident parents. According to the Family Characteristics Survey (ABS 2012-13): 51% of children did not spend a single night at their non-resident parent […]

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Equal time sought by shift working father!

Equal time sought by shift working father dismissed as it was neither in the child’s best interests nor reasonably practicable – Order made for significant and substantial time, commencement of which to be based on father’s work roster In Marchand & Mahony [2017] FCWA 67 (6 June 2017) O’Brien J of the Family Court of […]

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Parental Alienation or Gatekeeping…

I started to write this article in response to a good friend of mine who happens to be experiencing the effects of parental alienation. I have travelled with him on his journey and experienced with him the sadness, hurt, anger and frustration that goes hand in hand with separation and the nasty behaviours of an […]

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Is it wise to separate siblings following a relationship breakdown?

Splitting or Separating Siblings when a Relationship Breakdown Many parents in deciding custody or time spent arrangements of the children often ponder if they should divide the children between them? This article will give you insights into the idea of separating siblings and why it is not the best idea or in the best interests of the children. Many times […]

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How Important are Affidavits in Family Law

The importance of Affidavits in Family Law proceedings. It cannot be stressed enough how important or crucial to the presentation of a strong case a good and well prepared affidavit is in family law proceedings. An affidavit is a sworn or affirmed document which contains the primary evidence of which ones case is based. Family […]

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