My ex and I can barely talk without arguing. How can we better communicate for the sake of our kids?

My ex and I can barely talk without arguing. How can we better communicate for the sake of our kids? Alex* Dear Alex, Your situation is both challenging and, unfortunately, not uncommon. Communication breakdowns can often happen after a relationship ends, but when children are involved, it is important to find a way to communicate more effectively for their wellbeing. First, remember that your job as a parent is to provide a stable, nurturing environment for your kids. Keeping this in mind is a constant reminder to put personal issues aside during interactions with your ex-partner. Sometimes knowing what you’re […]

Benefits of Parenting Coordination

Parenting coordination: the top 4 benefits for your family

Parenting coordination is a process in which a neutral third party helps parents resolve conflicts and make decisions about their children after a divorce. It can be a helpful tool for improving outcomes for children in several ways. Here are the top 4 reasons to consider parenting coordination for your family post-separation or divorce. 1. Parenting coordination helps reduce conflict between parents Parenting coordination helps parents communicate more effectively and resolve conflicts in a healthy, constructive way. This can create a more stable and less stressful environment for children, which is beneficial for their emotional and psychological development. 2. It […]

COVID19 Coronavirus co-parenting challenges

Co-parenting during COVID19 Coronavirus

Co-parenting can bring its challenges. The current COVID19 Coronavirus sweeping the globe is something that seems unlikely to improve a co-parenting relationship.But we don’t think it necessarily has to be that way. Coronavirus presents challenges for co-parenting Some co-parents are struggling right now. What do you do if one parent has to go into self-isolation? Do you still have changeover between the parents? What if there are immune-compromised grandparents who could be put at risk? If you have parenting orders in place, you must follow them unless you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. There is no definition of ‘reasonable excuse’ – […]

Parenting Coordination in Australia - AFCC Conference

Former Chief Justice is a Cheerleader for Parenting Coordination

Parenting Coordination experts converge in Sydney This weekend, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts held the annual conference for their Australian Chapter. A one-day workshop was dedicated to Parenting Coordination, as well as a panel discussion on the final day of the Conference. Panellists included expert Parenting Coordinators from Australia, the US and South Africa, as well as the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, the Honourable Diana Bryant QC. As someone who spent many years as a family law barrister, then a judicial officer, the former Chief Justice was able to offer a difference perspective.She […]

parenting co-ordination saves children from divorce

Parenting Co-ordination – how it can save your children from your divorce

It’s been around since 1980 in the USA and Canada but I believe it’s time for Parenting Co-ordination to become a widely accepted part of family law in Australia. Too often children are the real casualties of a relationship breakdown. Parenting Co-ordination is increasingly being recognised internationally as an essential child-focused part of the family law process. With over 20 years experience as a specialist family lawyer, I have seen the damage that can be done when children are exposed to ongoing conflict during or after family law proceedings. Conflict between parents during and after divorce or separation, can have […]