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Domestic Violence – Part 2

Physical Abuse and Domestic Violence When we think about Domestic Violence, in most circumstances, people refer to physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. I certainly see many people who indicate to me “No, there’s never been any physical abuse”. Physical assault or battering is a crime and is punishable by law. The police… Read More

Domestic Violence – Part 1

What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence knows no barriers.  It can happen to anyone of any walk of life and any cultural background.  Despite the penetration of domestic violence in every realm of society the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied.  This is especially the case when the violence is emotional or psychological as… Read More

Courts View to Bullying

The Courts attitude to bullying….how does the Court assess what is in the best interests of the child? The Federal Circuit Court has recently considered the application of the mother of a young child in Year 6, to change her school in order to protect her from bullying. This application was made despite the child… Read More


When will the Court grant one parent sole parental responsibility? Upon two parents separating one of the first matters to be decided between the parties is who will have parental responsibility for their child/children.  That is who will make decisions regarding the child’s schooling, religion and medical treatment? The legislation states that a presumption applies… Read More