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Specialist family lawyers Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon and their special guests answer your questions about divorce, separation, children's matters, property settlement and family court. They empower you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

Specialist family lawyers Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon and their special guests answer your questions about divorce, separation, children's matters, property settlement and family court. They empower you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

Location:

Australia

Description:

Specialist family lawyers Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon and their special guests answer your questions about divorce, separation, children's matters, property settlement and family court. They empower you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

Language:

English

Contact:

61 2 6651 8440


Episodes

What is the Judge thinking?

7/9/2020
In this very special episode, Ben and Heather are joined by former Family Court judge, The Honourable Rodney K Burr, to give our listeners a unique insight into what the person wielding the gavel is really thinking. Rodney Burr brings to the show the knowledge and experience earned through an long and illustrious legal career. He is a former Justice of the Family Court of Australia, a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council, recipient of the United Nations Award for...

Duration:00:39:07

Divorce & The Blended Family

6/14/2020
As family lawyers, we like to see our clients re-partner and start new lives. But as blended and step families form it can raise unexpected disputes. In this episode host Benjamin Bryant chats with partner and fellow family law specialist Heather McKinnon tackle the often-difficult subject of divorce and the blended family. Topics covered include:

Duration:00:20:28

Property Valuation

5/5/2020
The sound quality of this month's recording is not up to our usual standard. Due to Covid-19 we have been experimenting with different methods of remote recording and the month technology failed us. Our sincere apologies. Property settlement is one of the greatest sources of conflict in the separation process. Bryant McKinnon Lawyers always advise that it's best to figure out what you are actually worth before you start arguing over who gets what. The best way to assess the value or your...

Duration:00:24:28

Protecting families through COVID19

4/7/2020
In this special episode, family law specialist Benjamin Bryant speaks to Baringa Hospital psychiatrist Dr. Doug Andrews about how to protect your relationships and your children through these difficult days of COVID19.

Duration:00:32:56

Social Media & Separation

3/1/2020
This month Benjamin Bryant from Bryant McKinnon Lawyers chats with barrister Rhys O'Brien about the hazards of mixing social media and separation.

Duration:00:20:32

Community family law questions: Take 3

2/4/2020
This month Benjamin and Heather fielded questions about family matters from the community. Here are the questions addressed in this podcast:

Duration:00:27:09

How to keep divorce costs down

1/7/2020
Heather McKinnon mines her forty years of family law experience to come up with some valuable tips on how to avoid unnecessary legal costs and minimise the financial (and emotional) cost of divorce and separation.

Duration:00:20:27

Infertility, IVF & Surrogacy: psychology & legality

12/5/2019
This month's show focuses on assisted reproduction, and the legal and psychological implications. Ben and Heather talk to Miranda Montrone, a Sydney based psychologist who specialises in counselling in infertility and assisted reproduction. One in six couples in Australia and New Zealand suffer infertility, and of course, a growing number of same sex couples and single women are choosing to have children. So it's not surprising that many people that 1 in 25 Australian babies is not born via...

Duration:00:31:31

Community family law questions: Take 2

11/6/2019
This month Benjamin and Heather fielded questions about family matters from the community. Here are the questions addressed in this podcast.

Duration:00:23:14

Impacts of Domestic Violence

10/2/2019
Ben and Heather talk to Dr. Doug Andrews, a psychiatrist from Coffs Harbour's Barringa Hospital, about one of the toughest topics in family law: domestic violence. Dr. Andrews has frequently treated victims of family violence in his practice and has an in depth understanding of the mental health impacts of physical and emotional abuse.

Duration:00:28:27

Child-focussed parenting arrangements after divorce

9/10/2019
The thorniest questions in any divorce or separation often relate to the kids. In the episode Heather and Ben discuss child-focussed ways to handle financial and living arrangements to achieve the best outcomes for your children. Specific topics discussed include:

Duration:00:32:22

Self care during separation and divorce

8/8/2019
Divorce and separation can be a long and emotional process. You need to take care of yourself in order to make wise decisions in a stressful time. In this episode Ben and Heather talk to Monica Joseph, a private practice, Medicare accredited social worker and counsellor, who specialises in counselling people going through relationship breakdowns. Today's show touches on the following topics:

Duration:00:36:02

Community Family Law Questions

7/3/2019
In this episode Ben and Heather addressed some specific questions submitted by people in the Coffs Coast community. It is likely that these questions will be similar to those being asked by many listeners. The five questions addressed were:

Duration:00:25:21

Getting a Fair Property Settlement

6/6/2019
Everyone going through a separation wants a fair property settlement. The problems arise when your idea of what's fair and that of your ex-partner are very different, or when one party wants to use property settlement as a means of punishment for past hurts. In this episode, Heather McKinnon, one of Australia's foremost family lawyers, shares her top tips for getting a fair deal.

Duration:00:33:45

Helping Children to Cope with Divorce

5/8/2019
Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon talk to forensic psychologist Dr Ian Nisbet about how to help your children cope with the trauma of divorce and separation. Too often children are the unintended collateral damage in a separation. This program aims to help parents know what to do and what not to do, and also recognise when it may be time to get additional support for their children.

Duration:00:33:53