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In 2018, Two parents appeared in Family Court after the father applied for a change of residence for the child to live with him. Final parenting orders had been made in December 2016 by consent but before they had been made, the mother had made allegations of possible sexual abuse of the child by the...
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Did you know 93% of separated parents share responsibility for their children in family court consent orders? Responsibility means sharing in major decisions like what school the children will go to, whether they will go to counselling, where they will live, what religion they will be instructed in (if any). The remaining 7% of parents...
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Feedback from a recent client: “I appreciate your time and professionalism. It was certainly a learning experience for me, following which, I hope we can focus on the children’s best interests moving forward.”
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In a 2018 Family Court case, The mother said she had never caused the children to feel “caught in the middle” of the parental conflict, but she clearly has, the judge said. Due to the children’s constant exposure to the denigration of the father by her, they now believe their family is split and there...
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A Mum and Dad had been in and out of Family Court since 2009. The children had been to many appointments with experts for the purpose of court evidence. Mum had sole parental responsibility and refused to involve father in decisions regarding children. The judge noted the enormous financial and emotional costs of this 10...
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I’ve just finished reading A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown (Bantam Books, 2006). When the author was 11 years old, she discovered her mother dead. Within days, she also discovered that the man she loved and called Daddy was, in fact, her stepfather. Upon hearing of the death of the mother of his children,...
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Hi, I’m Tess, the owner of Argyll FDRP, and here’s my story. My path to becoming a mediator begins about a quarter of a century ago when I separated from my husband with whom I share two children. These were the days before the internet and so it was hard to find information. I learned...
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What’s said in mediation stays in mediation A few years ago, two parents appeared in a Family Court case and consented to what they had said in mediation being disclosed in court. The magistrate issued a subpoena for the mediation records. The organisation that provided the mediation services to the parents appealed the magistrate’s subpoena...
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Get your Child Support and mediation sorted at the same time.Tess from Argyll has experience working for Child Support as a decision maker for reviews of CS assessments. Recently, Tess mediated with a Mum and Dad who both had children to former partners and also have children to each other. They said their experience with...
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In a recent Family Law case, a mother was permitted to relocate from Sydney to Perth with the child. The father opposed the relocation on the basis that it will adversely impact his meaningful relationship with the child – the Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) does not support the relocation – the child has a close...
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