April 5

Why Dads Matter?

Why Dads Matter?

“Why dads matter” is a brilliant article published in THE AUSTRALIAN (18.11.13). When it comes to the practice of family law I often read affidavit after affidavit after affidavit of complaint after complaint being made against my clients, who are often dads. A few years back I went along and attended some Dads in Distress meetings and witnessed firsthand the disenfranchisement and disempowerment some dads encounter as a result of them and their children being dragged through the family law system.

The article ‘Why dads matter’ is a reminder of the significant importance of father’s to their relationship with their children. The article focuses on the father-daughter relationship but the relationship between father- sons is equally important.

February 4

DEFAMATION AND FAMILY LAW

DEFAMATION AND FAMILY LAW

As a solicitor working extensively in family law, clients often ask me about remarks made by their former partner, or a proxy for their former partner, which remarks the client regards to be defamatory. Sometimes these remarks are published in social media. I have been shown evidence from social media of such statements. The first thing to note, is that if proceedings are on foot under the Family Law Act, then the Family Law Act specifically makes it an offence to publish an account of the proceedings, where ‘publish’ has a wide reading in its application. The second thing to note is the clear evidentiary hurdle of proving the author of such material. Third, and now more even more interesting, are recent jurisprudential developments as highlighted in the following piece published in the Guardian: “Facebook defamation: man wins lawsuit over estranged wife’s domestic violence post.” [02.01.2015]

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