How to create a safe, secure environment while sharing care after family violence. One of the most difficult aspects of family law is coming to terms with sharing time when there have been allegations of family violence. Even when children are named on a protection order, the Family Court, after considering all the issues in […]
Doing What It Takes Within my Parenting Coordination and Mediation work I am grateful to come across parents who have made sacrifices to shield their children from their feelings and animosity towards the other parent. Sadly, it’s often not enough. What I do hear frequently is “I will do absolutely anything for my kids”. This […]
At this time of year, there is an inevitable rush to have matters resolved for the long school holidays, including Christmas. There is a heavy reliance on services to help parents and while I encourage people to utilise those services, it’s also possible to organise this without interventions.
Minimise Conflict, Maximise Results This 53 minute video gives insights into what is required to get the best results from mediation. If you’d like further information please use the contact tab to arrange a time to discuss. Presented to Family Law 101 – 11 March 2022 https://youtu.be/24MO1KjeiAo You can view the slide presentation below View […]
While we are empathetic and considerate in our interactions, being a peacemaker is not a passive role. It’s one that often challenges narratives and beliefs. It’s a role that sometimes means being prepared to roll up your sleeves and rumble with really difficult conversations.
On the 1st of September 2021, the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court merged, creating a new pathway for parents navigating disputes after separation. The new abbreviated name is the FCFOA. The purpose of the FCFOA is to create a faster, less stressful process for finalising matters in dispute. The focus is on early resolution […]
This is such a hard subject to write about because a narcissist, as you probably know, is often found to be pointing the finger of blame at their target. They have more plot twists than a John Grisham novel and an Olympic-level aptitude for mental gymnastics. They have a capacity to turn any story, often of […]
In working with the volume of parents I do on a daily basis, one constant I notice in ongoing conflict cases is the subconscious emotional attachment each parent has to the past relationship, or to their co-parent. Yet, if I asked any of these parents if they were still emotionally attached, they would disagree and […]
What helps the mediation process is if you are putting the children first in parenting decisions. It can be hard to separate your own needs from those of the children, so I’ve prepared some questions to keep the kids in mind.
There is an enormous cost to society if we do not radically change the pathway for parents in dispute. We tend to focus on fixing the legal system when what we need to consider deeply is embarking on a support pathway that makes the court system far less relied upon. Our children, the very people we purport to protect, carry the lasting burden of their parents’ conflict.