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How does parental conflict hurt children??

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Parental Conflict does harm children, but to many parents it is a surprise to find out how it does harm children.  click here to find out more What about from a developmental lens?  How does it harm children developmentally?

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OVERNIGHT STAYS FOR 0-4 YEAR OLDS – WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?

There is a lot of debate around and research into when overnight stays for 0-4 year’s olds should commence, or at least when this should happen with regularity.  The research tells us that the 0-4 period is a very significant development stage in a child’s life, both neurologically and behaviourally.  It is also the period […]

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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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A STORY OF PARENTAL ALIENATION OR GATEKEEPING (PART 1)

  PARENTAL ALIENATION OR GATEKEEPING  WHAT IS IT?  PART 1 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 along the journey and experienced the sadness, hurt, anger and frustration that goes hand in hand with separation […]

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