I assist separated parents to decide the practical living arrangements that are in the best interests of their children by interviewing families, reading support material, making a considered assessment and formulating this into a detailed Family Report, including recommendations for the Court.

The focus of this assessment is:

  • The best interests of the children
  • Their attachments to each parent / significant carer
  • The children’s emotional and psychological needs

In addition, the report process considers:

  • Relationships between siblings
  • History of care
  • Capacity of each parent
  • Age and developmental levels of each child

At all times, my objectives are to:

  • Preserve important parent/child relationships
  • Assess any risks to the children
  • Reunite families or increase contact whenever possible and practicable and when in the interests of the children
  • Improve conditions for the children

Reunification of parents and their children or rebuilding their relationships is my goal whenever that is safe and in the best interests of the children.

A comprehensive Family Report may be useful in mediating a family dispute in order to avoid litigation, or it may be necessary to aid the Court in making a decision. Either way, it is a chance for parents and children to have their voices heard and to speak about the issues they feel are relevant and important. 

More details about the process can be found on this site, which also contains links to other useful resources. Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions page which provides information about many of the topics parents commonly inquire about. If, after perusing this information, you still have unanswered questions, please ask your lawyer or, if you are self-representing, you are welcome to email me directly on scmoriarty@bigpond.com

I am an experienced Family Consultant appointed under Regulation 7 of the Family Court rules, specialising in the preparation of Family Reports in relation to parents and children who are experiencing disputes which fall within the Family Court jurisdiction. I complete private matters, Federal Court cases and Legal Aid matters. I offer over 30 years of expertise and experience in this area, and I make every effort to ensure families are comfortable and at ease during this process, which I recognise can be quite daunting or stressful.

I specialise in complex matters that involve estrangement, alienation, relocation, drug/alcohol and mental health issues, both recent separation and long-term conflict, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and other significant complicating factors. 

I hope that I am able to assist you and your ex-partner to provide the most useful and relevant information to determine the best possible outcome for your children.