Resources

Hazards and Outrage in Conflict Management

Conflict can bring with it a time of crisis and trauma, as well as an opportunity for growth and development. Many professionals dealing in the vast area of communication and conflict management, have developed ways of looking at conflict to assist in this task. Peter Sandman is one such expert who has an interesting way…

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What you can expect of your lawyer in Family Dispute Resolution

Lawyers perform an important role in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) yet many participants are unsure as to what to expect from their lawyer in this process. Good team work between you and your lawyer in FDR can make a crucial difference in ensuring that this is a constructive, empowering and respectful process, that achieves the…

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Insights from the High Court for Assessment and Intake.

I recently revisited the recent High Court decision of Thorne v Kennedy[i]. Although this case is in the context of Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs) I was struck by the importance of many of the comments made by the High Court for professionals assisting in the resolution of family disputes.   There is no doubt in…

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The Dry by Jane Harper

This is the debut novel of local author Jane Harper. It very deservingly was awarded The Indie Book of the Year in 2017. A “who dun it” set in country Victoria in a time of extreme drought. Beautifully written, maintaining a constant momentum that makes it very easy to read, with interesting twists and turns…

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The Conversation Series 4: Grief, Loss and Healing in Family Disputes

Join me in the fourth instalment of our Conversation Series to explore this important but oft neglected topic in family disputes. I am delighted to have this discussion with Jodie Grant, an extremely experienced Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Restorative Justice Practitioner. Jodie has some great ideas and tips in this area and we are…

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Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council

I am delighted to announce that I am now a member of ADRAC. This is a voluntary, unaligned, independent council of 11 individuals. Our Charter is to provide thought leadership in exploring, researching and promoting better Dispute Resolution in all areas of Australian life. We endeavour to provide a voice to government for the ADR…

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Alienating behaviours and high conflict personalities

Those working with family disputes are well aware of the importance of children having a meaningful relationship with both of their parents. It is well documented that the absence of this is likely to lead to difficulty with future relationships and less well mental health outcomes for these children. Resistance to spending time with the…

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