Future Focused Co-Parenting

It’s very easy to get stuck in the day-to-day stress of life. Add in a difficult separation, ex-partner, or family law proceedings (or all three) and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This overwhelm inhibits our ability to create a vision for the future. We find that many parents are just surviving the day-to-day grind and […]

Protective Caregiving

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

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 […]

Little Changes for a Happy Christmas

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.

Preparation for Mediation

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 […]

Recent Changes to the Family Court – and what it means for parents

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 […]

Letting Go – the powerful end to separation conflict

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 […]

Activities for engaging your children online

Often the non-resident parent (be that for a week, or extended period) will report having difficulty in engaging children online. Phone calls, Skype and Facetime are all wonderful ways to interact. But how do you keep them interested? Firstly, I think it’s important to acknowledge that online engagement can be both necessary and sometimes the […]

What are the legal implications of parental alienation?

Co-Authored by Lisa Wagner and Ashleigh Middlin, Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers. Republished with permission. Parental alienation is a term which is used to describe when one parent (the “alienating” parent) behaves in a certain way to undermine and damage the other parent’s relationship with a child. Whilst this term is considered to be controversial and there is […]

Early Childhood Regressions: Trauma or Conflict?

Milestone regressions and behavioural changes of young children are frequently a major concern of separating parents. There are two, very rigid viewpoints often held by parents when regressions are reported.  Parent A often reports that the child has regressed to bedwetting; is having unexplained tantrums, or appears to be over-tired etc. They fear that the child […]