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
In the event that a person in a relationship is the subject of family violence or perceives that in the future they may be subjected to family violence, that person may seek to obtain a family violence restraining order (FVRO) from the Magistrates Court protecting themselves from the perpetrator of domestic violence.   A person only needs to demonstrate that they are in a family relationship and as such is either currently or previously married or
If you have been served with a Family Violence Restraining Order, there are ways to resolve the matter without having to attend a Final Hearing. Having to attend a final hearing with regards to a Family Violence Restraining Order (“FVRO”) in the Magistrates Court can be both financially and emotionally stressful, not just for the Applicant but for the Respondent as well. One of the ways a FVRO can be settled, without a final hearing,
There are amazing services available in our community to assist separated couples to navigate the difficult issues that need to be resolved following a separation. Whilst this is the case, at Perth Family Lawyers, our experience is that prior to attending mediation or family dispute resolution, it is critical that you obtain independent legal advice regarding your rights and responsibilities so that you can maximise the benefit of attending at such services. In preparing for