Merry Christmas from the LGM Family Law Team!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From the LGM Family Law team, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas. With only two more sleeps to go, we thought we’d share some of our favourite ideas on how to spend them.  

Merry Christmas from the LGM Family Law Team

Christmas Parade – Take the family into the City to catch a glimpse of the spectacular free Christmas Parade hosted by the Brisbane City Council in Queen Street Mall. Running from 7 – 7:30 pm tonight and Christmas Eve, it’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Light hunting – Discover the best Christmas light displays in your local area with 4KQ’s Christmas light winner’s list. Feel the Christmas magic as you gaze at the incredible lighting displays.

Beach Cinema – Unwind while watching your favourite Christmas movie classics on the big screen. Hosted at South Bank Parklands at Streets Beach, enjoy a free viewing of Elf with your family tonight from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Most of all, make sure you take the time to enjoy your Christmas break with friends and family.

Tips for Arranging Christmas Post Separation

Tips for arranging Chrimstas Post Separation. Christmas is a time for joy, love and sharing. If this is your first Christmas post-separation, here’s a few tips to ensure the holiday remains festive for you and your family.  

Ensuring Christmas remains a merry time for you and your kids, post-separation.

 

 

 

Christmas pre-separation, its synonymous with excitement, happiness, and probably Santa. Christmas post-separation, brings a whole new category of synonyms. They don’t have to be negative, but without the right planning and discussions, it can end up being a time full of turmoil.

There are multiple avenues to consider when discussing arrangements with your former partner for time with the children on Christmas Day. The most common arrangements are:-

  1. A time-sharing arrangement. An example would be the children spend 9:00am on Christmas Eve to 12:00pm on Christmas Day with one parent and 12:00pm on Christmas Day to 5:00pm on Boxing Day with the other parent; or
  2. An alternate year arrangement. An example would be that the children spend the entirety of Christmas Day with one parent in any year ending in an even number and with the other parent in all years ending in an odd number.

Both have their pros and cons. You need to work out what works best for you and for your children.

Consider:-

  1. Do you like to go away over Christmas?
  2. Will either of the above arrangements affect your Christmas traditions?
  3. Do you live close to your former partner? Is travelling for a changeover on Christmas Day practical?
  4. Do your children have daily routines/requirements that can’t be skipped on Christmas Day? Will this affect changeover times?

First and foremost, consider how your children will cope with either of the arrangements.

Consider putting a proposal forward in writing to your former partner setting out exactly how the Christmas period could work and ask for your former partner’s opinion and requested changes on your proposal. Negotiate from there.

If you still can’t reach an agreement or if it is better for you to correspond through a lawyer, contact us and we will be happy to prepare a letter to your former partner setting out your proposal and settle an agreement.

Online Harassment Following Separation

You’re experiencing online harassment and being tormented by an unknown author. You have suspicions it’s your ex. What can you do?

Online harassment following a separation

Online harassment and abuse by a former partner can sometimes follow in the aftermath of a separation. Harassment can come in many forms. It may be defamatory materials published or inappropriate sexual comments directed at you or a family member. All types of online abuse can be hurtful, damaging to you or a family member’s reputation and even threatening.

It’s important for you to know who you can turn to for help and stop the abuse before it gets worse. Our family law practice has the experience and understanding to assist you in the face of this kind of abuse. If you have found yourself the subject of online abuse or harassment, we’re here to help.

So, what can you do?

Unfortunately in our digital age, social media platforms like Facebook have made it easier than ever for faceless bullying to occur. You may have suspicions that your former partner is using an alias to harass you online. This is where we can help. Luckily, all activities of online users creates a trail of metadata. Metadata is data that your network provider records every single time you use your mobile device. This may include making a call or accessing the internet. Your network provider is obliged by law to record this metadata and store the information for a minimum of two years.

This data enables you to see who someone’s talking to, for how long and where the caller was when they made the call. It can also track their activities on the internet. You can even use this data to map a user’s usual route to work, pinpoint where they live and where they holiday. Information like whether they travel in a car or by public transport can also be traced. This is can be gathered even if they aren’t accessing their phone all the time.

Metadata records can also be subpoenaed by other parties. This will grant access to a record of all calls made, all internet usage and the times, dates and various locations of users at any given point in time. At our family law firm, we have experience in accessing metadata records for family law and domestic violence law purposes, to help you resolve issues such as online abuse by a spouse.

Contact us today to find out more.