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Understanding Separation within Same-Sex Parented Families

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Do you work in the legal and community service sector with families experiencing separation?  Would you like to know more about separation within same-sex parented families?  If yes, come and hear Dr Luke Gahan speak about:

Understanding Same-Sex Parented Families:

-Common terms


-Same-Sex Divorce Trends

-Research on Same-Sex parents from abroad

Changing Social and Legal Realities:

-2011 and 2016 Census figures

-Data on social change in acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender in Australia.

-Polyamory/ Poly-Parenting

-Legal changes (recognition of relationships, non-biological mothers, birth certificates, surrogacy and adoption)

-Divorce Equality

The Australian Separated Same-Sex Parent Study:

-Impact of the law on separation experiences

-How parents share care following separation

-Parents/ Families experiences with separation service providers

-The stigma of same-sex separation

-Implications for service providers, law makers and community

How to work with Same-Sex Parents and Separated Same-Sex Parented Families:

-Practical skills and information


Guest Presenter:

Dr Luke Gahan is a Sociologist who conducted an Australian research project exploring separation and post separation experiences within same-sex parented families.  He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University and a Research Fellow at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  Dr Luke Gahan has been a lecturer and tutor in Sociology at La Trobe and Federation Universities.  His PhD research examined the experiences of separation and divorce within same-sex parented families.



Family Law Pathways Network Project Officer
(08) 89 504100
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Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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