Learning. Sharing. Collaborating.

Here at McLaughlins Lawyers, the Family Law team recognises that our clients come from all walks of life and encounter all sorts of problems. To cater for this, we make a conscious effort to extend our learning beyond just “the law”, and collaborate with professionals from a variety of backgrounds so that we can adopt a well-rounded approach when helping our clients.

Recently we hosted presentations for our firm and other professionals on the following topics:

  1. Improving communication between parents

Wendy Oxenham spoke to us about the innovative app she has developed called “Divvito”, which makes co-parenting easier by helping parents communicate more effectively. Divvito has a personalised messaging bot called Dani who keeps communication between the parties positive and on track.

We often recommend Divvito to our clients to help them make arrangements about the care of the children, after they have separated. We understand that running two households is not an easy task.

Divvito can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices.

  1. Drug Testing

Tony Graham of Australian Workplace Drug Testing talked us through the different types of drugs and the drug testing services available.

As family lawyers, we are often required to draft orders in parenting matters requiring a parent to undergo drug testing to ensure that they are able to care for their child safely and effectively. The problem is, it is difficult for us to determine the type and frequency of drug test that is most appropriate in each particular case, as we are not experts on drugs and drug use. It is great to know that Tony and his team are available to assist us with this information when needed.

  1. eSafety

Lesley Harrison from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner gave an eye-opening presentation about vulnerability when it comes to technology- facilitated abuse, and how this can quickly escalate into various dangerous situations.

She provided us with some great resources and tips on how to keep safe when using technology, including creating a new email address not linked to your name, turning off location-based services on your phone, and updating your social media privacy settings.

For more information about eSaftey Women, go to this website: https://www.esafety.gov.au/women/about-us

Being surrounded by people who are willing to offer help, insight and tools to make our role as family lawyers more valuable, shows the great strength and power in collaborating.

If you would like any tips of further information on the above topics, or about any family law related matter come and see our Family Law team at McLaughlins Lawyers.  


Author: Shona Sahay

Director: Sophie Pearson

Date: 6 December 2018