Cocaine, Cross Dressing And Children

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In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has imposed strict parenting arrangements upon the Father of a young daughter, after receiving evidence that the Father could not provide adequate care to the Child as a result of extracurricular activities which included drinking to excess, using cocaine and an interest in cross-dressing.

Whilst the Mother submitted that she did not feel the Father’s cross-dressing activities caused him to be an unfit parent, she conceded that the Father’s attempts to conceal his interests during their marriage caused him to be absent a lot of the time.

The Court ordered that the Child reside with her Mother and granted the Father strict arrangements whereby he could spend time with the daughter under the supervision of paternal grandparents. A condition of these orders required that the Father undergo weekly drug urine screens, providing the results to the Mother.

When it comes to family or divorce law matters getting advice or representation from an experienced divorce lawyer could help attain more access to children after separation, no matter how you like to dress.

If you or a loved one requires assistance in a family law matter that involves a drug/alcohol dependent person, then don’t hesitate to contact Rowan Skinner & Associates Lawyers today for a confidential discussion as to how we may be able to assist you.


Aspley v Aspley [2014] FCCA 2795

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Rowan Skinner is a highly skilled family lawyer with over 35 years of experience across various legal roles and jurisdictions. Rowan specialises in resolving family law disputes such as divorce, financial settlements, child custody and domestic violence cases. Through his diverse and extensive experience, Rowan has a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances involved in family law. Rowan is a skilled negotiator and litigator who follows a compassionate and client-focused approach which prioritises helping you navigate what can be an emotional and challenging time.

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