Criminal Behaviours within Family Law Matters

Criminal Behaviours within Family Law Matters

Over the past few years, criminal law and family violence have increasingly interconnected with family law and child protection matters.

At times family law matters, especially when involving children, can often reveal the complexities within a family, and therefore it is not uncommon for these complexities to also include some criminal elements which in family law can also be considered family violence. It is important to understand that this does not necessarily mean that the criminal elements/family violence are due to the parties (the parents) directly it can also be from someone close to them such as a maternal or paternal grandparent.

Some of the following criminal behaviors are commonly seen in family law disputes are:

1. Children being abused/neglected;
2. Children being exposed to and or witnessing criminal behavior;
3. A party experiencing emotional and economic abuse and coercive control;
4. Sexual/criminal assaults;
5. Exposure to selling or the use of illicit drugs;
6. Abuse of alcohol;
7. Threats to harm or kill;
8. Abducting a child (even if you are the parent); and
9. Breaches of Orders include family law orders and Temporary/Protection Orders.

In Criminal and Family Law there are obvious overlaps within these criminal behaviors (in particular around Domestic Violence) however it is important to understand that serious criminal behaviors may fall well and truly in the jurisdiction of the police, and other State and Territory Courts and would need to be dealt with separately to your family law matter.

If you and or your children are experiencing family violence and would like to discuss your personal circumstance further, please do not hesitate to contact – 1800 662 535 the Brisbane Family lawyers team at James Noble Law for a free, no-obligation 20-minute consultation. To schedule an appointment with one of our Qualified and experienced Family lawyers Brisbane.