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.
The Family Court's approach to division of property and financial assets where a couple can't agree to a settlement
If you and your partner have separated, you will no doubt be wondering how you will divide up your property and other financial assets.
Where you and your former partner are not able to come to an agreement about how your property and financial assets should be divided, your solicitors can advise you on the best course of action, which will either involve settling out of court or issuing proceedings and going through the court process.
GLOBE is proud to announce the finalists for the GLOBE Community Awards with less than three weeks until we announce winners at the October 17 gala event at Myer Mural Hall.
Community groups, politicians, journalists and even an AFL footballer have made the list of 31 finalists across the ten categories. Special thanks to hard-working judges Farrah Tomazin and Emma Page Campbell, along with review judge The Hon Michael Kirby, who have devoted their time over the past weeks to narrowing down our nominees.
GLOBE President David Micallef is elated with the list of finalists: “Seeing the calibre of the finalists is just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better list of candidates for our inaugural Community Awards,” says David.
“To see our community standing up to be recognized, along with community groups, businesses, politicians, journalists and even an AFL footballer, it is a great feeling. It just shows how amazing our community is and I’m glad we are here to help recognise them,” adds David.
For a full list of finalists and tickets, visit www.awards.globemelbourne.com.au