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Introduction to Parenting Orders

A family is the basic unit in the community; and it is this unit of community that family law is centered at. Remember that cases falling under this category have a possibility to be highly emotional not just for the parties involved, but to the lawyer handling the case as well. After all, each of us has a family of our own and it wouldn’t be too difficult to see ourselves to be in such situations.

However, there are cases where you can hear clients complaining that their lawyers aren’t empathetic. These complaints state that lawyers don’t even care about the clients, something that can’t be concluded as a fact.

This is where effective and empathetic family lawyers are most helpful. Having compassionate and dedicated Melbourne lawyers like Aitken Partners will ensure that your lawyer recognises and understands how you are feeling while effectively letting you know what should be done for the case.

Family law cases usually handled by Aitken Partners are usually the following: Child support, Divorce, Spousal Maintenance, Paternity, and also Prenuptial Agreements for de facto relationships among others. These lawyers also have some advise for their clients when it comes to Parenting Orders.

What is Parenting Order?

Parenting orders are court orders that determine certain aspects related to the welfare of the child. Parenting orders usually cover the following issues: residence, communication, schooling, medical treatments, etc. This goes without saying that the Court studies the situation and determines results according to what they feel is best for the child.

Can anyone apply for a parenting order?

Applying for a parenting order is not limited to the father or the mother. The child’s grandparents and even the child himself can apply for it. There are also times that other people who are concerned about the child can apply for parenting order.

Can you apply for parenting order right away?

You can only apply for it after you have tried talking  with the parties involved. Should you find that you cannot agree on certain issues, then you can apply for the parenting order from the court. Of course, you are advised to seek help from legal professionals before approaching the court. It is also possible to reach a parenting agreement with the other party without going to the court if you seek professional help from lawyers.

What to do when parenting orders are breached?

Breaching the parenting order is a very serious offense. The party accused of offending the order needs to get legal advise since a punishment may be meted out if the court finds that you have no reasonable excuse for the breach. Now, assuming that you have been granted the parenting order and you feel that it has been breached, you are also advised to legal help. Your lawyers can help determine if a breach has, in fact, been done. You may also visit this page: to learn more about what do when a breach in parenting orders has been discovered.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince is a novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French aristocrat, writer and aviator. The short novel is the most read and most translated book in the French language, making it to be considered as the best book of the 20th century in France. Worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published—-it sells more than a million copies per year and translated into more than 250 different languages and dialects. It has also been adapted into stage plays, operatic works, ballet, screen play and audio recordings.

In an earlier memoir, it is said that Saint-Exupery wrote this book while he is in the middle of personal troubles and failing health. His aviation experiences in the Sahara also became an inspiration in the plot elements of The Little Prince. He used his personal experience and hardships to create an adoring tale of friendship, loneliness, love and loss in the form of a young prince fallen into the earth.

The tale revolves around a pilot who was stranded in the Sahara desert and met a golden-haired, scarf-wearing boy whom he called “The Little Prince”. The prince has fallen to earth from a tiny asteroid which he considers his home. The book is considered to be a children’s book, but it has philosophical undertones that include societal criticisms and remarks on the strangeness of the adults. It also has profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature in general. This can be observed through the lines of the fox that the little prince met on earth, which also happens to be the main essence of the story: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye“. Other key themes of the story can also be found in the fox’s lines, such as: “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” and “It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.” These lines of the fox have been the most famous and commonly discussed lines in the book, due to their nature of dealing with relationships.

Lawyers should read Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince because it is a thought-provoking piece that gives insights in various topics about life. It also helps the reader to be connected with his own personal being, enabling him to look inward rather than outward in life. This can be very useful especially those who are practicing trial law. Believing in what you are fighting for is very important because it is the only way you could convince other people and even yourself, on the arguments you are trying to raise and defend

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Being the person you want to be is very far from the person that you are now. There are a number of factors that contribute to this gap in personality, but anything can be virtually achieved if you put in enough effort and consciousness in what you do. It is what you do every day that defines your end game or goal. Once you do have that sense of urgency and consciousness, everything seems to follow.

A lot of what you do to better yourself is considered self-help. It is the process in which you uplift your status to create better opportunities for you and the people that are important to you. That’s where Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People come in. It is a self-help and business- oriented book that helps redefine lives, perspectives and renew peoples’ sense of purpose in what they do. Trust me, it works. That’s if you accept the things truthfully and without hesitation, it is one of the few ways that this can actually work for you.

In the book, Covey defines each step meticulously in order to explain it in its entirety. I, for one, cannot do that in this post but put it in a way that you can personally identify yourself in each situation or step as described in the book. It is a way in which you can adapt the ideas and realisations into your own personal way, carefully mixing it into your consciousness and turn them into successful habits.

The first part of the book divides the habits into self-mastery or independence and interdependence or dealing with others. The first half starts with being proactive.

Keeping yourself busy and dynamic in your work to becoming that effective person starts in realising that your every day decisions constitute the bulk of your success story. As much as possible, you should take chances into perspective and study them for their consequences: pros and cons.

Habit 2 tells you to “Begin with the End in Mind”

Discover your inner self and identify your end game as early as possible. This will create a clear vision and impose a mission on yourself on how you can achieve it in the long haul. Picturing your ideal relationship, life, lifestyle and goal can help you make changes in yourself as you tread on with your way to being effective.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Teaches you to take things and prioritise them based on the importance and not on the urgency of the matter. Urgency is still relevant but if you keep on doing things in stride just because you cram or need it as of the moment, the more important building blocks of your habits tend to lag behind the pettier things. Imagine your goals and ask yourself whether the things that you need to do on your weekly task list improve on the points that you have set in yourself in Habit 2.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win starts with accepting the fact that you have to deal with people and that the workplace will be a better environment for you and everyone if you make it clear that everyone wins is always a better alternative. Competition makes a good driving force but it sometimes overlooks the fact that people need to recognise the win-win situation so that everybody gets a piece of the pie and not just a few people.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood tells you to start dealing with others by understanding where they come from so they may do the same to you, thus ensuring an environment that is focused on problem solving rather than creating it. It is a way to encourage others to listen to everyone and take their sides into mind.

Habit 6: Synergise talks about how you can take the strengths of your group and turn it into a better and a much complete workforce. With this habit, you’ll learn to focus on the task ahead and take it on effectively, still working on the common goal for a win-win for all.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw tops it off by saying that you can attain balance in your newly found way of life by further improving yourself metally, physically, resources-wise for the long run. This tells you to participate in activities that nurture your different aspects for a continued prosperity.

The 7 habits will greatly benefit everyone once they are embraced fully and wholly. Different professions can definitely benefit from this since the workplaces need the renewed energy and outlook in life.

Lawyers in particular will find more than a few ways these habits can help them propel themselves into better practitioners of the law. Being in a cut throat environment can be taxing and draining but a new perspective for the future can enrich their already growing resource and transform it into more prosperous opportunities.

What to Expect from Authorslawyers

Let’s face it. Lawyers do a lot of reading. Most of them work-related. This is the reason why having an analytical mind works best for lawyers. This way, they can easily sift through the huge pile of reading material they need for a single case.

But there comes a time that a person, be it a lawyer or not, needs some time for himself. A time that he can use to reflect and forget about the world for even just a few minutes. And this is where reading non-work related books come in. Reading is one of the best ways a person can just lay down or curl up and relax with a book in hand. A cup of coffee or tea and some cookies wouldn’t hurt it, too.  You do not only  give your tired brains some rest, but you also learn valuable lessons from reading.

In, we aim to provide some reading materials for those serving in the legal department. We’ll be talking about fiction or non-fiction books that lawyers should read. We’ll talk about why these books are recommended and what lessons they teach. And it goes without saying that we’ll talk about the situations in these books that lawyers can relate to and learn from.

We’ll also be writing about lawyers—the services they offer and their achievements… maybe they have authored a book themselves; we can write about these things, too.

Should you have some questions about certain law books or even fictional books, please feel free to leave us a note. We’ll do our best to help you with your queries and maybe even write about the book.