Child Custody

Family Court Decision – One Mother’s Severe Lesson In Co-Parenting

Mr and Mrs Ralton (Court-ordained pseudonyms) were in a relatively short relationship from 2005 to 2009. During the relationship, the couple had two children- a son and a daughter. The son and daughter were aged three and one respectively when their parents separated, and the children remained living with their mother. Court records note that …

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What If Your Ex Doesn’t Want Your Children Vaccinated?

Separated parents may have disagreements when it comes to vaccinating their children. Figuring out how to co-parent with your previous partner can sometimes feel like hitting a nail in with a glass hammer. It’s a full-time job, even when both parents generally agree. If there is a disagreement of some sort, your job becomes exponentially …

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School Holidays For Separated Parents

School Holidays For Separated Parents Most parents agree that children will spend time with both parents during school holidays and special occasions, such as birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Negotiating school holidays can be difficult following separation or divorce and it is important to make arrangements so that children get time with extended …

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What Happens When You Break Family Court Orders?

The Courts have to ensure that their decisions are enforced and are never happy when their orders are contravened. Contravening, or ‘breaching’ a Family Law Court Order is a serious matter and the Family Court of Australia can impose upon the offender a fitting punishment. Under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), there are a number of …

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Proposed Changes to International Child Abduction Laws in Australia

Currently, Australia has one of the highest rates of international child abductions in the world. In 2015 to 2016, Australian parents made 92 Hague Convention applications for the return of 137 abducted children. Out of those applications, only 63 were returned successfully. Former Family Court judge Nahum Mushin has declared that foreign courts are ‘too …

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Spice Girl keeps 5 yr old Daughter away from her father

Mel B asks a court in Los Angeles to keep her daughter away from her father accused her husband Stephen Belafonte of posing a danger to their five-year-old daughter due to his ‘extensive criminal history.’ At a court hearing in Los Angeles, Belafonte was accused of inviting a convicted killer into the family home. The killer had …

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