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The Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network presents “Pathways through the System”, a 7 part podcast series. 

If you work with separating families or have an interest developing a better understanding of how to navigate the family law system, this podcast is for you.

In each episode, you will hear a true to life experience typical of an individual seeking to access guidance and support for their challenging circumstances.

Then our panel of industry experts will endeavour to provide an integrated response and solutions to the case study.

A legal system intended to resolve disagreements arising from family breakdown is fraught with problems and challenges and frequently provides unsatisfactory outcomes for participants. However, when professionals work together to provide an integrated response, better solutions are possible.

Pathways Through the System Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network

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The Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network presents “Pathways through the System”, a 7 part podcast series. 

If you work with separating families or have an interest developing a better understanding of how to navigate the family law system, this podcast is for you.

In each episode, you will hear a true to life experience typical of an individual seeking to access guidance and support for their challenging circumstances.

Then our panel of industry experts will endeavour to provide an integrated response and solutions to the case study.

A legal system intended to resolve disagreements arising from family breakdown is fraught with problems and challenges and frequently provides unsatisfactory outcomes for participants. However, when professionals work together to provide an integrated response, better solutions are possible.

    Feeling overwhelmed: The challenges of separating later in life and the interplay with Elder Law

    Feeling overwhelmed: The challenges of separating later in life and the interplay with Elder Law

    Separation is difficult at any life stage, however, it can be particularly difficult when it occurs later in life. In addition to understanding the family law processes, a range of other issues may need to be considered such as long term financial and health plans, elder abuse and estate planning. 

    Graham shares his story about how things have not turned out how as he thought they would for his later years. He is feeling weighed down with his day-to-day responsibilities and situation and like he has no support. 

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, hosts highly respected experts from the areas of family law and elder law: Helen Baker from On Your Own Two Feet Financial Planning, Eustacia Yates from New Way Lawyers Australia’s first non profit law firm and Collette Bots from Caxton Legal Service. 

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    • 45 min
    Feeling endangered: Coercive control in relationships

    Feeling endangered: Coercive control in relationships

    Coercive control is one of the most pressing social issues and there needs to be clear and consistent action from government, private organisations and non-profit organisations to end this form of domestic violence. Without further action, victims of coercive control have to navigate state based domestic violence and criminal legal processes as well as the federal family law system. 

    In this episode Abigail shares with us her story of the abuse she has experienced from her partner and the fear she holds that she will not be safe even when she leaves. 

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, brings together a panel of experienced practitioners in the family services sector who are qualified to share about this topic: Amelia Torre from the Women’s Legal Service, Karyna Jansons from Macleod Refuge, and Renee Craft from Save the Children.

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    • 52 min
    Feeling uncertain: Understanding entitlements to property settlements and parenting arrangements after separation

    Feeling uncertain: Understanding entitlements to property settlements and parenting arrangements after separation

    When people don’t know their legal rights and entitlements to property settlements and don’t understand the family law parenting framework, it can lead to disputes and conflict. Early access to accurate information, resources and services is the best way to lay the foundation for an amicable and positive outcome that is family focused. 

    The story for this episode is from Simon who has recently separated but who wants to make sure the relationship with his ex remains amicable for the sake of the children. He has no experience with the family law system and is unsure about whether to self-represent or engage professional help.

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, welcomes seasoned experts from the family services sector: Jack Whelan barrister and mediator and co founder of the Separation Guide, David Curl from the For Kids Sake, Linda Maitland from New Way Lawyers, Australia’s first non profit law firm and Anne Dale from Grant Thornton.

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    • 53 min
    Feeling kinship: Recognising and supporting Aboriginal Families

    Feeling kinship: Recognising and supporting Aboriginal Families

    Cultural background and kinship connections are foundational principles that are recognised and incorporated into Australian family services and systems. These principles are however applied differently in the state based child protection system and the federal family law system. 

    In this episode we hear the story of Aunty Margaret who is feeling worried and concerned about her grandchildren, Shakira and Jai and she wants to know what she can do to protect them. 

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, hosts experts who have extensive skills and experience working with Aboriginal families: Kate Grant, Kate Greenwood and Michael Schmidt from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and Claire Martin and Adele Tenet from the Office of the Child and Family Official Solicitor. 

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    • 47 min
    Feeling expectant: Services and Support during Surrogacy

    Feeling expectant: Services and Support during Surrogacy

    For some couples, having a family can be a long and difficult experience and surrogacy in Australia is incredibly complex. With the regulatory framework varying from state to state, it is important that everyone involved is fully informed and understands the process, to minimise the risk of disputes and issues arising.

    The focus of this episode is the story of Ryan and his partner, who want to have a baby with a surrogate. Ryan has lots of questions and is keen to make sure that everything is done correctly. 

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, hosts a panel of recognised experts with extensive experience working in the surrogacy space:  Narelle Dickinson from QLD Family and Fertility Support, Sam Everingham from Surrogacy Australia and Stephen Page from Page Provan lawyers. 

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    • 58 min
    Feeling trapped: Help for victims of domestic violence

    Feeling trapped: Help for victims of domestic violence

    Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are experiencing domestic violence can face significant challenges and barriers in accessing services and support. Helping people in these very difficult situations relies on being equipped with practical strategies and an awareness of the specific services that are available to victims. 

    This episode shares the story of Jana who is experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse and is from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background. She feels scared and is unsure of what steps to take for herself and her children 

    Award winning lawyer, Carolyn Devries, hosts a panel of leading experts with extensive experience working with individuals from CALD backgrounds: Karen Prestidge from Uniting Care, Ingrid Perez from the Immigrant Women’s Support Service, Andrew Morrison from New Way Lawyers, Australia’s first non profit law firm and Robert Lachowicz from the Refugee and Immigration Legal Services. 

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    • 59 min

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