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

The role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer

When Court proceedings are initiated in relation to children, most parties are usually independently represented by lawyers who advise their clients (based on their particular circumstances) as to what would be a reasonable care arrangement for the children moving forward.  Although the best interests of the children is the paramount consideration in parenting matters under the … Read more