family-law Blog

When we talk about domestic abuse in relationships, many people automatically think of physical violence. That isn’t always the case.

Emotional abuse can be just as devastating as physical abuse, and harder to recognise. Emotional abuse often takes place behind closed doors and can have devastating health effects including anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, heart palpitations and stomach ulcers. 

Perhaps the most damaging and lasting effect of emotional abuse is a loss of self. Victims of emotional abuse can internalise their abuse until they lose track of who they really are....

Resources for couples going through a tough time

From bushfires and pandemics to self-isolation and working from home, 2020 thrown massive challenges at all of us. The uncertainty surrounding these unprecedented times has caused anxiety and...

Practical ways to repair a relationship

Modern life has more stresses than any time in human society. On top of that, 2020 has been one of the most difficult years in living history, first with bushfires and now with Covid-19.

What rights exist for a Sperm Donor

Conception occurs in many ways: traditional conception, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, sperm or egg donation in the clinical sense and sperm donation in the informal sense.

In the case of Masson and...

Australia: Parenting Orders and a Pandemic

Sporting activities are being cancelled, schools might close, grandparents may not be able to care for children and self-quarantine is recommended for sick children and their parents and perhaps...

Mediation in Parenting Duties

Many disputing couples understand mediation in parenting matters is “compulsory” prior to either party filing a parenting application in the Court. Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 requires...

Parental alienation in family law disputes

When the romantic relationship between parents breaks down, parental alienation is sometimes used as an unfair tactic to harm one parent's relationship with their children. There are remedies...