Tangled Bonds: Navigating Enmeshment in Family Law Matters


A parent and child share a profound bond, usually healthy and supportive, but sometimes it crosses into harmful dependencies. When this bond becomes detrimental, it can lead to enmeshment, a common issue in family law that complicates family dynamics. An enmeshed child may struggle to maintain or build relationships with the other parent due to their overly close bond with one parent. This article explores enmeshment between parent and child, noting the importance of seeking legal support to assist with determining what is in the best interest for the child. Read More.

Family Law Amendments

Family Law Amendments for Parenting - What to Consider


As of May 6, 2024 the Family Law Act has undergone significant changes aimed at enhancing the safety and simplifying the process for families going through separation. In this article. Special Counsel Annabel Murray outlines the recent changes to the legislation and discusses the revised parental responsibilities that focus on protecting the bet interest of children Read More.


Co-Parenting Apps, Technology and Programs: Tools for Effective Communication and Coordination


If you are a parent struggling with your co-parenting relationship, then know that resources are available to you. This article will discuss the many options available to parents to help them communicate more productively and positively and provide opportunities for personal growth and reflection. This is especially important for parents experiencing a high level of conflict in their co-parenting relationship and those currently in litigation. Read More.


Children Travelling Overseas - The Benefits and Risks


Australia is a culturally diverse nation where families have varied backgrounds. Separation can be difficult for parents, whether moving overseas permanently, taking their kids on holiday, or relocating for work. In this article, we discuss parental concerns about overseas travel, the Family Law Act's stance, airport watchlists, and common considerations for families in travel agreements. Read More.

Child Support and School Fees

Child Support and Private School Fees


When separating from a partner and children are involved it can be a daunting task to navigate child support including understanding the allocation of school fees and associated expenses. This can become especially intricate when one party possesses greater financial resources and might utilise this as leverage in negotiations. Within this article, Partner Reece Ramsden emphasises the importance of seeking legal guidance promptly. Read More.

Supervised Time

Understanding Supervised Time: Safeguarding the Well-being of Children


When a dispute arises over a child’s safety, one of the considerations may be whether a child’s time with the other parent should be supervised to mitigate any risk of harm. Our dedicated team of family law specialists at Ramsden Family Law understands the nuances of these challenging situations. Whether you're dealing with parenting disputes, family violence, or custody battles, we have the experience and expertise to support you. Read More.

parenting orders

Navigating Parenting Orders During the Festive Season: A Guide For Parents Under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)


While the holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time spent with loved ones, parents dealing with family law matters may face extra difficulties during the Christmas period. It's important to understand your responsibilities outlined in parenting orders according to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) during this time. This helps to create a happy and peaceful experience for you and, most importantly, for your children over the holidays. Read More.

Unacceptable Risk in Parenting Matters

Ensuring Child Safety: Unpacking Unacceptable Risks in Parenting Matters


A recent landmark case before the Full Court has clarified our understanding of “unacceptable risk” in parenting matters. Although the concept of “unacceptable risk” is not new, it has been dealt with to differing degrees by the Court. Now, the Full Court has clarified the idea and the approach to determine whether an “unacceptable risk” is present in parenting matters. This article explores the case's background and implications, showcasing the importance of legal expertise. Read More.

Spousal Maintenance

What Is Spousal Maintenance?


Are you facing the financial challenges of separation or divorce? Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony to some, can provide crucial support for individuals who are not the primary earners in a relationship. Ramsden Family Lawyers understands the complexities of spousal maintenance and its impact on your daily expenses. Before resorting to court proceedings, seeking an amicable agreement with your ex-partner is always advisable. In this comprehensive article, we explore the eligibility criteria, application process, considerations of the court, time limits, and duration of spousal maintenance. Read More.