Separation

Finding your next dollar
Money is tight and I don’t know what to do….   Have you ever wondered where you are going to get your next dollar from?  Where are you going to find the money you need to pay the rent, electricity, phone and then still have some left over for food?   Yes it is that ti...
Communication Post-Divorce
Communication Post-Divorce Communicating with your ex-partner is not always the easiest thing in the world to do.  Often it depends on how you communicated during your relationship and what circumstances occurred for your relationship to finish.  For those that just fell out of ...
Legal Context of Social Work in Domestic Violence
Legal context of social work in domestic violence Domestic violence laws in Australia are complicated as each State and Territory have different laws, which can make it difficult to understand what protection orders mean in different parts of the country.  The Queensland Parliament updated the...
Separation with domestic violence
Separation with domestic violence If you are considering leaving a relationship that is dominated by domestic violence, there are many things for you to think about before you walk out that door.  Of course, if you are in physical danger, get out right now!  And please DON’T GO BACK!  Research ...
What Does Coercive Control Look Like?
What does coercive control look like? Coercive control is a tactic used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence that requires no physical contact with their victim.  They can use coercive control to isolate, stalk, harass and intimidate all through seemingly innocent means.  The aim of coe...
Co-parenting Communications and DV Relationships
Co-parenting Communications and DV Relationships Communicating about your children with your co-parent who is either your ex-spouse or significant other is never an easy thing to do.  Parents who do communicate successfully, keep their children as the focus of their communications and they respect...
The Subtleties Of Domestic Violence
The Subtleties Of Domestic Violence Most people today have heard about domestic or family violence.  But usually what comes to mind is loud screaming, broken bones and bruised faces.  We expect to see the consequences of the domestic violence and without that visual evidence, it...
Co-Parenting and School
Co-Parenting and school   Who else here haves children in Kindergarten and ready to start school in 2018? Have you decided which school they will be going to? Have you chosen a school and your ex another? Being a parent is tough enough but when you are battling an ex as well it can feel like t...
Focus on a healthy mind
How can you keep your mind as healthy as possible during a separation? If you are reading this article, you are more than likely a parent who is trying to recover from a break-up. To keep with the theme of this month which is health, I’d love to talk to you about some of the ways you keep can keep...
Stacy Barrass - Feature Blog
This month we are shining the spotlight on Stacy Barrass! What is your name? Stacey Barrass, divorcee, mother of 3 ‘crazy’ boys, Managing Director of a domestic and commercial cleaning company; www.thedomesticgoddess.com.au and encourager of building self-esteem in women who have escaped from do...
It's your ex's birthday ...
This week we are talking about birthdays and in particular Your ex’s birthday Yes I know you are no longer in a relationship and I am not suggesting you continue to celebrate each others birthdays; this is about how your children celebrate and perceive their parent’s birthdays (i.e. your ex's bi...
Co Parenting Adolescents
Co parenting Adolescents Today we are talking about teenagers (aka adolescents). Adolescents can be difficult at the best of times, but when it comes to co parenting adolescents and trying to ensure that they spend time with both of you, life can become even more complicated. Adolescents as you know...
Diane Viola's tips for enhancing Christmas
Tips for Enhancing Christmas Diane Viola - Relationship & Family Coach Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane Viola a Relationship & Family Coach based on the Gold Coast.  Diane does some fantastic work with families and children experiencing separation and divorce.  Part of th...
Leonie Percy - Feature Blog
Leonie Percy - Feature Blog Leonie Percy is the founder of Yogamamata and Mother Om but most of all is the feature of this months blog series. What is your name? Leonie Percy http://www.leoniepercy.com/about/   How long have you been separated for? 4 years   How many children do you have...
School Graduation
Welcome back to Our Children Australia. Today we are talking about school graduations. Firstly if you have a child graduating from school this year – congratulations. This is a big milestone for both them and you. School graduations though for divorced and separated families can be tarnished espec...
Why won't my ex spend time with our kids?
Why won't my ex spend time with our kids?  Have you heard someone say this before.  Are you saying it?  So what are you supposed to do when the other parent is supposed to be spending time with your children and they are just not showing up? There are 3 points I really want to cover.   If i...
Parenting after separation and divorce - July Feature Blog
Parenting after separation and divorce can be difficult at the best of times.  This month we have brought you words of wisdom from someone who has been there before.  This person has requested that they remain anonymous and we will always honour that request.  At the end of the day, we want to sh...
Relocation Part 2 - Sorting out the details
This week I want to continue on with what we were discussing last week in terms of moving interstate. Last week it was a question emailed in from one of our followers and the move specifically related to a job opportunity that they had but what we are going to talk about today relates no matter the ...
How do you tell your children you are separating?
So you have made the decision to separate. You know that this is the best thing for your children in the long term. How do you tell them? Do you both sit down with the children and explain what is going to happen? Do you just pack everything up and leave, telling them on the way to the new place? D...
Extra Curricular Activities
This week I want to talk about extra curricular activities; what happens when we don’t want our child to participate in an activity. When this happens we can get a lot of conflict and a lot of emotions can come up as to why we don’t want them to participate in the activity – whatever it is. Be...