At Perth Family Lawyers we are acutely aware that Family Court proceedings can be very stressful for everyone involved. Parents often find it extremely challenging to continue to co-parent in the midst of long and often highly conflictual parenting disputes. At times, during such proceedings, the children may refuse or become resistant to spending time with one of the parents. Family therapy may serve as a powerful tool to help parents learn how to promote
In late 2021 the Government began providing anyone leaving a violent relationship access to a one-off payment of up to $5,000 to assist them in establishing a violence-free life. The Hon Anne Ruston announced a two-year Escaping Violence Payment trial, during which a person fleeing a violent relationship can receive up to $1,500 assistance in cash, with the remainder available for goods and services, direct payments or bonds, school fees or some other form of
On a number of social media platforms at the start of the new school year we are inundated with photographs taken by parents of their kids commencing or returning to school for the year. It is always so heartwarming to see those young smiling eager faces, setting out on their educational adventure for that year and the beautiful expressions of gratitude and love from parents wishing them success. Sadly, also on a number of platforms
Christmas period can be a joyful time for most families. At Perth Family Lawyers we know only too well that it can also be emotional and stressful, particularly for separated parents if they have no agreed parenting arrangements as to time with the children over the Christmas holidays.  Our family lawyers have seen far-reaching consequences if a parent is unable to see children over Christmas, as this can significantly impact the post-separation parenting relationship for
Parenting Plan A Parenting Plan is an agreement between parents of a child (or children), in writing and signed, setting out the terms regarding the care and welfare of the party’s children. Parenting Plans generally deal with the living arrangements of the children, time the children are to spend with the other parent, day-to-day life organisation and decision making in respect of the important long-term issues such as schooling, religion, change of names etc. Parenting
September is Suicide Prevention Month and provides an opportunity to reflect on the severity of the issue, promote awareness, and start conversations to remove stigma around suicide. This month is one where we can initiate change, unite survivors, allies, and community members to spread awareness about suicide prevention.  . How common is suicide? In 2018 it was recorded 3,046 deaths by suicide were registered in Australia, this is an average of 8 deaths per day. 
It is common that parents who equally share the care of their children consider that the best way to do it is by alternating weeks, also known as “week about”. However, even though such a schedule is simple and easy to follow for the parents, it may not be the best choice for the children, particularly young children and especially during school periods. . Alternate Schedules 5-2-2-5 The 5-2-2-5 schedule allows both parents to spend
Having the internet at our fingertips makes life so much easier. Google, and the internet in general, has changed our lives and now it’s as simple as saying “hey google, can you tell me about the recipe for” or “hey google can you direct me to the nearest coffee shop” to get the information you need. But what about legal advice? Does, “hey google how do I get divorced? or “hey Google, what happens if
There are many reasons why a person may want to change their child’s surname, whether this be for personal, religious or cultural reasons.  The team here at Perth Family Lawyers can assist you with achieving this. Whilst it seems like a simple process, changing a Child’s name can be difficult, and we highly recommend that you seek appropriate legal advice from an experienced family lawyer who is familiar with change of name applications. If both
With the rise of social media, relaying information to family and friends online about your private affairs has become commonplace.  Whilst this is the case, you should be aware that doing so about your Family Court proceedings could land you in hot water. Section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) provides as follows: A person who publishes in a newspaper or periodical publication, by radio broadcast or television or by other electronic