Quick Exit

October 2016

When can a child decide who they want to live with?

October 25, 2016

This is a question frequently asked by our clients, the Act states that the children’s wishes must be taken into account amongst all other factors.

There are no set age limits where their wishes are given more consideration. A rough guideline is that 8 years or over and the court will take into account their wishes and once they become teenagers their views would be given serious consideration.

However the key objective is ensuring the outcome provides the best solution for the child’s physical and emotional well being.

Lucy Thomas, Director discussed this in a recent radio interview.

Lucy Thomas

Does infidelity affect separation in the Family Court?

October 12, 2016

This is a question frequently asked of our lawyers. Movies and media often suggest that if your partner is unfaithful you will be entitled to a bigger share of the assets or more access to the children, this is not the case. The Family Court of Western Australia operates on a ‘None fault’ divorce based system. To hear more click here to listen to Sam Fahey, Principal in a radio interview discussing this issue.

Sam Fahey Sam Fahey, Principal

Family Lawyers support The Liver Foundation of WA

October 11, 2016


Thanks to all of the staff at Paterson & Dowding who supported the Liver Foundation of Western Australia. A special thank you to Adi Mittra who put forward the idea and contributed a raffle prize to help raise funds.

Family Lawyers cycle for charity

October 1, 2016


Paterson & Dowding staff members, Eric Martino and Sarah-Jane Watkins, have just completed the Prostate Active Charity Ride to Margaret River. They cycled for 2 days and covered over 300kms to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. They committed themselves to cold, wet and windy winter training rides over the last few months to ensure they were fit and ready for the challenge when I am sure sometimes they would have preferred the easy option of being warm and dry at home. It just shows that with commitment you can achieve great things, we are very proud of their achievement!