Urgent family law applications during Stage 4

The introduction of stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne continues to present unprecedented challenges for parents and carers navigating parenting arrangements. While “shared custody arrangements”, whether informal or court-ordered, is permitted under the current restrictions, issues may arise beyond the control of either party that prevent a child from continuing to spend time with the … Read more

Family violence amidst the COVID-19 crisis

Isolation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic can be a frightening proposition if you are experiencing family violence.  Whilst for most of us our home is a haven, for 1 in 6 Australian women it is a place of fear. We have seen from China’s experience that family violence incidents surged following the forced lockdown period. In different circumstances, … Read more

The scourge of family violence

This week we have been inundated by media reports of the untimely and horrific deaths of Hannah Baxter and her three children, Lainah (aged 6), Aaliyah (4) and Trey (3). We know that we are losing more than 1 woman a week to family violence in Australia, but the loss of an entire family, including … Read more