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Parenting = Responsibility + Fun

A number of years ago, I spent five round-the-world trips on a lawyer to represent my case to be a present dad in my children’s growing up. I could sensibly calculate that separation would force the divvying up of my children’s time between parents, but I was determined to protect as much of it as I could, because I believe my children and I need time to maintain our strong, wholehearted ...

By |2023-06-21T22:44:14+10:00June 20th, 2023|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • family law

Family Law Reform Fiasco – Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

The proposed Family Law Amendment legislation by the Labor Government will be another case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, instead of fixing the hole in the hull to stop the ship from going down. Many of the reform proposals, such as considering the best interests of the child, are well-intentioned, but unless they solve the fundamental problem, they really become another layer of bureaucracy to waste taxpayers’ money. ...

By |2023-02-26T07:32:32+10:00February 25th, 2023|SINGLE DADS, Children, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAMILIES|2 Comments
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The Best Things About Being a Single Dad

A few weeks ago, on an impulse and wanting to share a snapshot of my post-separation status, I wrote a part-whimsical, part-serious piece about the worst parts of being a single dad. By implication, if some parts are worst, then there must be some best bits, says my cerebral dialogue. Voice Number One says the best bit is simply being a dad. Voice Number One ignores the “single” tag and just ...

By |2023-02-21T21:41:46+10:00February 21st, 2023|SINGLE DADS|1 Comment
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Dads ‘Cut Out’ in Changes to Law

I felt gutted when I heard the news, first published in The Australian newspaper, in an article titled "Dads ‘Cut Out’ in Changes to Family Law". Let me share a brief excerpt from the article by journalist Jess Malcolm. “A family law adviser to the ­Howard government says Labor’s proposal to amend the Family Law Act is a radical change that will take Australia back to when mothers were granted primacy ...

By |2023-02-17T15:21:18+10:00February 17th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|3 Comments
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Winner Takes All

This week a television crew from the Japanese public broadcaster came to Sydney to interview family law specialist Justin Dowd, a former President of the NSW Law Society. Japan is considering a move away from mum-custody towards “joint parental authority” -- which recognises that it’s in the best interests of children to have both mum and dad remain involved in their care. The Japanese crew came to Australia because they acknowledge ...

By |2023-02-17T15:31:04+10:00February 14th, 2023|SINGLE DADS, Children, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAMILIES|1 Comment
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The Worst Things About Being a Single Dad

I separated from my ex-wife a few years ago. I think that it was five years ago. It could have been six. On reflection, the first six months seemed like six years. During the frenzied rush of committing to a rental and buying a car and purchasing beds for my daughters, plenty of well-meaning people offered the saying that “things will get better… they always do!” Yes, things do get better, ...

By |2023-02-08T22:39:09+10:00February 7th, 2023|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Elvis Was No Deadbeat Dad

Elvis was no deadbeat dad. By all accounts, his biggest struggle as a father was balancing a high-powered, high-profile career with the dad life. Regardless of Elvis’ tortuous ambition, fame, and massive fortune, his daughter, the late Lisa Marie Presley, was, without a doubt, the light of his chaotic life. Through Presley’s parlays with women, sex-symbol status, separation in 1971, and divorce in 1973, the love Elvis had for his daughter ...

By |2023-01-25T23:15:22+10:00January 26th, 2023|NEW DADS, Dads, FAITH|0 Comments
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The School Holiday Tumble

School holidays shared with my daughters ought to be a fun time. I have a notion that the week-long blocks of time I share with my daughters during school holidays should be blissful. Yet, day three into the week with my daughters, and I was terrified as my racing-harness chair tipped back enough for my stomach to spill into my mouth. I sensed my centre of gravity was about to topple ...

By |2023-01-09T17:45:15+10:00January 10th, 2023|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Words Can Build Relationships or Destroy Them

The words and gestures you use have the power to either lift people up or bring them down. Choose wisely, especially in your daily interactions with your family. Yesterday I went to get my watch battery replaced at the local shopping centre's Mr Repairman Service and received a surprise. The man who served me did a great job. He had 18 years' experience. You could tell he really knew his job. ...

By |2023-01-06T16:53:11+10:00January 6th, 2023|FAMILIES, Dads|2 Comments
  • parental alienation

Parental Alienation is Child Abuse

Parental alienation is a systemic plague infecting the family court system. Inoculating the courts against this would clear the emotional quagmire brought on by The Court of Emotion’s atrocious toxic waiting queue in a matter of months. Not only this, the disproportionately high suicide rate among men, as well as domestic violence numbers, would likely nosedive across the board. Defusing the manipulative device, instead of downplaying its effects, can go a ...

By |2023-01-04T21:22:32+10:00January 3rd, 2023|SINGLE DADS, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|6 Comments
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