Parenting arrangements

Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/08/2019

  60–Second Summary The appointment of a Single Expert Witness (“Expert”) may become necessary in parenting proceedings in the Family Court where a professional opinion would assist the Court in reaching a decision. Issues requiring input from an Expert might include: Where and with whom the children ought to live How much time the children … Continue reading “Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings”


Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Family Lawyers are often asked by parents (usually, the primary caregiver for a child) about their ability to change their child’s surname, after separation or divorce.  That parent might have reverted to using their maiden name, or might ultimately be re-marrying a new partner with an entirely different surname. Occasionally, there may be several children … Continue reading “Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?”


School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

So you have just been served with an Application for Parenting Orders by the children’s father. Since separation over three years ago, the children have lived exclusively with you, and Dad has been largely absent from their lives. For the past three years, Dad has lived in Sydney, and apart from his child support and … Continue reading “School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?”


Does watching porn make you a bad parent?

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

Case in point: Loffler-Wingrove and Wingrove [2015] FCWA 55 The parents in this case applied for parenting orders in circumstances where, since separating in 2011, they had shared care of the children on a day-about basis. At Trial, the Mother raised concerns about the Father watching porn, and using cannabis. The matter was heard by Walters J. … Continue reading “Does watching porn make you a bad parent?”