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Are you allowed a ‘practice day’ before your court hearing?

Do you have a trial date for your family law matter? Do you know what you have to do at your court hearing? Do you know what questions may be asked of you? If you or someone you know is a witness in an upcoming court hearing, you may want to do a test run of a typical...

When COVID-19 impacts on your Family Court orders: Can you Comply?

Relationships and families are being significantly impacted during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, during March and April 2020, the Family Court saw a rise of 39% in urgent parenting applications, whilst...

Parental Conflict in marriage:  effects on Children?

Are you concerned about how conflict in your marriage or relationship might be affecting your children? Or your friend or relative’s children? It is obvious isn’t it, that a combatitive conflictual relationship could affect the children of that relationship, but how...

When does behaving like Mr Darcy become sexual harassment?

It is well known that being polite in the workplace is important to build rapport, improve team dynamics and establish a positive workplace culture. Being employed in a workplace where your bosses and colleagues are polite and friendly is a dream come true for most...

When COVID-19 prevents supervision access being able to happen

In a recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court, a Father was granted interim unsupervised time with his six-year-old child due to complications caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.[1] In 2014, the Federal Circuit Court granted the Mother sole parental...

Economic abuse in the home: could it be you now?

Imagine feeling that you are not able to leave your partner because your partner does not permit you to earn money or allow you access to any financial resources to re-home yourself. How do you leave with any possessions you may have, when you may not have access to a...

How litigation dollar-for-dollar orders are made in the Family Court

The Family Court has power to order that a party in a litigation can pay to the other party their legal costs in the proceedings, as it considers appropriate. These are known as litigation funding orders and are made under three powers in the Family Law Act 1975...

Does Family Dispute Resolution really work?

Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is a process that is inherently reliant on an equal power dynamic existing between the parties.[1] Brianna Batey evaluates ADR processes in the family law jurisdiction and their ability to effectively identify and manage power...

Why do women stay in abusive relationships? Battered woman syndrome

What is BWS? Battered woman syndrome (‘BWS’) is a well-known psychological condition that was first introduced in the 1970s to describe the altered mental state of victims of family violence. BWS ordinarily develops in women who have been victims of long-term...