School Holidays

School holidays can be hard. ?They’re hard for some parents who don’t share the care of their children and they can be hard for co-parenting families, although for very different reasons. If you are sharing the school holidays with your ex-spouse, I’m going to sound like a broken record, but please focus on your children…

Mother’s Day

Mother?s Day is a special day for Mum?s everywhere. It?s an opportunity to get presents, brekkie in bed and a day together doing something fun with the kids. It?s also a time to foster in children the attributes of generosity and gratefulness. It?s a time to acknowledge everything mothers do. An occasion to say thank…

Whose problem is it, anyway?

Early school aged children are invited to lots of birthday parties. It?s a time when firm friendships have not yet been made and often the entire class is invited to celebrate this exciting milestone. Whether it?s an expensive play centre event, a lavish party or a low-key backyard gathering, what do you do when the…

Blended and Step Families

The most important aspect of our lives is our relationships What do you do when you?re ready to introduce your children to your new partner? This is not a ?one-fix-all? type of answer. It?s multi-faceted and depends on you, your children, your new partner and their children. Somewhere to start: Be empathetic ? consider your…

What is a contravention application?

Something I’m often asked, is “how do CONTRAVENTION Applications work?”. The families I support are often in the midst of arguments, tantrums, stand-off’s and sometimes parental alienation. Many families see this co-parenting stuff as a high stakes game.? It’s all about competing, comparison, owndership, one-up-manship, tit-for-tat and pick-up-your-game. Some families will fight about anything –…

Father’s Day

Every year it rolls around ? Father?s Day. It?s a day to thank our Dad for the great job he did in supporting us to be the amazing person we are. But what if you don?t think your Dad did a great job? Or what if you think the job your children?s Dad is doing…

So you want to take your ex to Court?

We all know that going to court is hard. Whether it?s a family matter or a commercial matter, it?s hard. It?s emotionally draining, financially expensive and takes a long time. When it?s a family matter, there?s another consideration too though – the toll it takes on the relationship you have with the other parent of…