April 2014: Katrina examines the importance of section 37(1)(c) of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (QLD). This article was published in the Queensland legal magazine Proctor (April 2014 edition). Domestic and Family Violence Proctor Article.pdf
December 2012: Katrina summarises the case of the Italian Sisters and the Hague Convention in this article published in the Queensland legal magazine Proctor (December 2012 edition). Due to word limitations, Katrina was unable to deal with every aspect of the case which arose. At the time the article was written, there were no further applications pending in Australian Courts, although that does not seem to be the case at the present time.
Italian Sisters Proctor Article.pdf
July 2006: The interrelationship between the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children and the Family Court. Katrina writes about an interesting and complex parenting case she was involved in some time ago, but which is still good law. This article was published in the Queensland legal magazine Proctor (July 2006 edition).
17 November 2014: How child transgender is dealt with through the Family Court process is expensive and has an enormous impact on the parties involved. Interesting article.
1 August 2014: Surrogacy comes with many issues to be considered by all parties involved. This is a terrible story.
12 July 2014: The inclusion of Facebook clauses in Financial Agreements as discussed in this article is questionable. Such clauses may not be enforceable.
13 October 2013: The ongoing debate on whether to immunise or not flows into the family law arena quite regularly. Separated parents who cannot agree, results in Judges who do not know their family making important decisions for them. This is an English Court’s decision. Similar decisions have been made in the Australian Courts over the years.
8 October 2013: Will some parents ever learn? The children suffer most in these types of scenarios.
17 September 2013: Interesting reading on the shared care of children.
4 September 2013: When religion and family law matters clash. An interesting bit of reading.
26 August 2013: The pressures placed on parties in having to pay increased court fees, is having a domino effect.
6 August 2013: Child Support causing this man to react violently.
14 June 2013: An interesting bit of reading re the Murdoch divorce.
23 April 2013: How awful that children are placed in such a position.
28 February 2013: Never a dull moment in the Family Court…..
21 February 2013: Family Court allows 12 year old to start puberty blocking drug therapy.
21 December 2013: Court Orders that children are not to call step-parents “mum” or “dad”. An order which is commonly made in family law matters. Not extraordinary as stated in the article.
18 October 2012: Husband jailed for failing to comply with a Family Court Order.http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8549982/man-jailed-for-failing-to-pay-ex-wifes-mortgage
28 August 2012: This case is a good example of the wide powers the Family Court/Federal Magistrates Court when it comes to children.
10 August 2012: A Court decision regarding a dispute between parents as to their children’s surnames.
29 July 2012: The enormous sacrifice which foster parents often have to make is highlighted in this case.
26 July 2012: How sad it is for this child that the Court has to step in on a “weight” issue.
25 July 2012: Drug addicted father banned from seeing his son.
19 July 2012: Think very carefully before signing a prenup.
19 July 2012: An interesting “special contributions” case.
12 July 2012: Father’s “fun times” with his daughter reduced.
6 July 2012: Skype helps a mother obtain an Order that she be permitted to relocate interstate with her children.
1 July 2012: The handover of children from one parent to the other can be not only difficult for the children, but for the parents as well. Unfortunately, some parents need handovers to happen at a public place, such as McDonald’s.
30 June 2012: If the Government provided decent funding so that more Judges could be put on, this would not be happening.
26 June 2012: An interesting read about a United States case where a woman’s shoe
collection may or may not be valued as an asset.
25 June 2012: It is a shame when parents cannot even agree on what is best for their child’s health. An article about child immunisation.
22 June 2012: LNP plans to remove surrogacy rights affecting same-sex couples, singles, and defacto couples of less than 2 years, causes outrage.
13 June 2012: The horror that is child sex abuse and the difficult cases Family Court Judges have to deal with.