What contributes to teenage rage? Dr. Mark Goulston focuses on this troubling dynamic in our culture and has much of value to say. According to Dr. Goulston, very often teenage rage is triggered “when one parent is overbearing and overly controlling and the other is ineffective at keeping the over-the-top parent in check. This results […]
Federal Government Review of the Family Law System: MELCA says, “Let’s make this work for families”.
The review of the family law system is big news right now. At MELCA we are glad to see that the terms of reference include consideration of changes that are necessary or desirable in relation to aspects of separation and divorce that are at the core of our vision and values, such as: the appropriate, […]
Have you ever had to divide up your furniture, your linen, your photos, your pictures, your jewellery, your china and kitchen utensils, your tools and the contents of the garden shed? Most people who’ve been through a separation have also been through this part of it. For some lucky people it is easy to walk […]
We all know this probably means funding cuts. A bad news story, right? At MELCA, we’re not so sure about that. To start with, we think this is an opportunity to talk about why on earth the law has taken charge of family separation in the first place. We’ve been wondering aloud for years why […]
If you are separating, you need to read this. If you’ve already finished your Divorce and settlement proceedings, you already know the answer. And the answer is “No”. There are lots of questions you might ask me about separation, and it may surprise you to hear that many of your questions have no answer, or […]
There was a time when limbs were amputated without anaesthetic or antibiotics. The survival rate was about 20%, but what choice did a person have? Then, the changemakers came along. They thought about problems from new angles. Nobody actually knew much about bacteria in those days, but they figured out the connection with infection, and […]
Find me a mean Divorce Lawyer, she said. That’s easy, there are lots of them in every town, I said. But can I ask why, I said? And then this poor broken-hearted woman, Tyler, told me why she needed a mean lawyer. Her husband had walked out on her and their two children, Lexie and Will, who were only two […]
When facing divorce as a parent child-custody issues can become quite challenging and emotions regarding divorce-related issues can easily become charged. I recently came upon an article about proposed changes to child custody legislation pending in some states. An investigative committee was being formed to consider whether “shared parenting may be the best custodial situation […]
At the Dads Divorce website someone asked a question about what to do when kids refuse visitation. I thought this topic had value for every parent dealing with custody issues. In response, an attorney at Cordell & Cordell said: “Most states have adopted parenting time guidelines to guide parents in resolving parenting time problems without […]
Is it true that more marriages fail over the summer holidays than at other times of the year? Probably not.
Most western countries report that the time after summer holidays is peak season for family lawyers, and that is true in Australia too. There’s lots of superficial reporting about this so called phenomenon, but the reasons for it are rarely explored. After many years practising as a family lawyer, and looking at the research, I […]