Weekly Snapshot Issue No: 5 – 9 November 2018

Case we are discussing…

Goode and Goode [2006] FamCA 1346 

The Full Court of the Family Court determined that the appeal was successful, and that:The presumption that an order for equal shared parental responsibility will be in the child’s best interests still applies in interim cases, even if neither party asks for such an order.

Where that presumption is applied, the Court must still, at an interim hearing, consider the practicality of the child spending equal time with each of the parents under Section 65AA of the Act.

Even where there is a ‘status quo’, or well- settled environment, this will not necessarily be continued pending a final hearing, if it is inconsistent with both parents having a meaningful involvement in the child’s life, to the maximum extent consistent with the child’s best interests.

Poem we are reading…

One of Ally’s favourite poems of all time (admittedly I am not much of the poem type) is Desiderata

Desiderata was written by lawyer Max Ehrmann around 1920, but was copyrighted in 1927- because he was a lawyer he protected his work. There is a common myth that the Desiderata poem was found in a Baltimore church in 1692 and is centuries old, of unknown origin. However,this was later disproved, and it was disproved because a lawyer wrote it- because lawyers prove, disprove and protect. 

I hope it gives you what it has given to me, read it here: https://www.desiderata.com/desiderata.h

Beverage we’ve sampled this week…

Zahraa has a thing for quirky designs and this week came across Minor Figures Nitro Cold Brew Coffee – the slim can with the image of a duck head and protruding humans legs on the run was just too good to pass up. 

The coffee is brewed in East London, is dairy free and has no added sugar (oat milk and stevia is the milk & sweetener of choice here). The gimmick was nitro-widget technology which is supposed to release tiny bubbles of nitrogen, creating a draught-style cascade that settles into a frothy head. 

The verdict was as follows: the nitrogen pop was a loud surprise, the first few sips had an interesting mouth-feel and the rest was just flat cold coffee. No buzz or pick-me-up effect from the coffee either. 

If you’d like to try it for yourself, it’s available from the beverage fridge at Woolworths.

Instagram page we love … 

Like everyone, we love scrolling through social media for motivation or inspiration (and let’s face it sometimes procrastination). 

One of our favourite pages at the moment is ‘dailystoic’. This page provides stoic wisdom for everyday life. 

We are major advocates of stoicism. Stoicism is a philosophy on life, which was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rdCentury BC, but was famously practiced by the likes of Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. The philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgement should be based on behaviour, rather than words. That we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses. 

Scrolling through this page really does give us philosophy quotes to ponder and makes us feel less guilty about spending too much time on social media. 

Quote we are pondering…

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do, I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own”.  

Epictetus, DISCOURSES, 2.5,4-5

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