family mediation

Family mediators- what to expect?

Are you unsure of what to expect when you engage a family mediator to assist with a family dispute? Are you confused by the differing descriptions of facilitators as Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and/or Nationally Accredited Mediators? What does it mean to be a professional mediator? Join me for the next instalment of our Conversation…

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Dealing with the presence of danger

Join me for our next Conversation Series when I will talk about this fascinating topic with experienced family lawyer Paul Roberts. We will base our discussion on the book by Gavin De Becker “The Gift of Fear”. Gavin De Becker is a personal security expert and behavioural consultant who deals in his book with the…

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Case Studies-Refusal, Resistance, Estrangement and Allegations of Alienation in Parenting Disputes

As an Independent Children’s lawyer, I have recently had some extremely difficult cases where I have been significantly challenged in my attempts to support the children’s rights to have an ongoing and meaningful relationship with both of their parents. These cases have reinforced for me that every situation is unique, each must be approached on…

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Alienation in Parenting Disputes

 Recently experts and professionals from around Australia and overseas gathered in Adelaide to explore issues relevant to the “alienation” of children [1]. There was general agreement that this involves a very small subsection of separated families. From a child’s perspective, alienation can be seen as the result of parents pulling them into their conflict to…

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Supports for Separating Families

Join me and my special guest Melinda Nutting to discuss what supports are available for separating families and how these can be accessed and implemented to ensure best possible outcomes. Melinda is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Child-Inclusive Practitioner, Certificate of Holistic Counselling, Grad Dip Teaching (Primary), Certificate Rudolf Steiner Education. I am very pleased…

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The importance of symbolism and the Magna Carta

On my recent overseas trip, we travelled  to Salisbury and the magnificent cathedral there. Of particular interest is the Chapter House, and the Magna Carter residing there. The cathedral had a wonderful display of white paper origami swans soaring the entire length of the building like a huge wave of joy. The impact as you…

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Conversation Series- The benefits of Parenting Plans

I join with Ena Shaw for this episode of our Conversation Series responding to the recent energy regarding  the benefits of Parenting Plans. Issues covered include: what is a parenting plan, when an agreement should be converted into a parenting plan, the main features including enforceability, impact on Court Orders and flexibility.

Sir Laurence Street 1927-21 June 2018

This is a very sad week in the Dispute Resolution world, as we note the passing of Sir Laurence Street. There are many acknowledgements in the media of his incredible contribution to many aspects of public life in Australia, most notably the legal arena, but I cannot miss this opportunity to note the impact of…

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Conversation Series- Social Science for Family Lawyers

The role of the family lawyer is unique. To assist separated families, it is crucial to have an understanding of the context of any presenting disputes, including the impact of the separation on the parties and children, and the age and stage of development of the children. This influences how we deal with our clients,…

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Conversation Series- Insights into child support

The technicalities and constant changes in the world of child support, make this an extremely difficult area for family lawyers. Join me and Jill Raby to discuss what it is that we need to know to be able to advise our clients, and deal with the issues that are likely to arise. Learn about the…

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