The Family Law Rules compel parties to engage in some form of alternative dispute resolution process before embarking on litigation (save in instances of urgency or family violence). Options include family counselling (if there is a parenting dispute), negotiation with or without lawyers, mediation, conciliation and collaboration.
For 2015, GLOBE is exploring the careers of its members to find out how you get into your industry and what it means to do what you do.
David Micallef is Account Director for Fenton Communications and has been working in the communications industry for 12 years. His career has spanned through events, news writing and public relations both locally and overseas.
David also lectures in Public Relations and Communications to Masters students and devotes his spare time to volunteering as the President of GLOBE Melbourne.
You and your former partner might have separated, but in the eyes of the law you still share rights and responsibilities for your children.
When a relationship breaks down, the law presumes that both parents have equal shared parental responsibility for their children. This means that both parents have the legal right to make decisions in relation to the child's schooling, medical care, religion etc.
It is not commonly known that parents do not have the authority to consent to all medical procedures for their children. There are certain medical procedures that require the consent of the Family Court under its welfare jurisdiction.
Children who experience gender dysphoria (gender identity disorder) and wish to access the two-stage medical treatment necessary to begin a gender transformation fall into this category. When deciding whether to exercise its discretion and consent to treatment, the Family Court is required to make the best interests of the child its paramount consideration.
A young person experiencing gender dysphoria identifies strongly with the opposite sex and often experiences discomfort with their biological sex and, consequently, the gender they physically exhibit.
GLOBE catches up with Natalia, Life Coach at The Happiness Paradigm and creator of the Lesbian Social Fun Club, The Story is Out, Chances and Hugs for Change. Natalia shares her experience that led her to life coaching and developing community forums.
Natalia is a certified Strategic Interventionist and uses her experience to provide Life Coaching to individuals and groups to help them break down barriers to happiness in their life.
Through creating and running a range of social support groups, Natalia is also working to breaking down barriers for women in the LGBTI community to build friendships and support networks.