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On 18 February the Australian Parliament passed legislation to merge the Family and Federal Circuit Courts into a single Court with two Divisions. Wha...

Once Orders have been made by the Court, parties to the Orders are required to follow them. In circumstances where the Orders are not followed, you ha...

Okay, so I know I can cross borders for changeovers, even hard borders, but what happens during lockdown? Good question! Lockdowns are still parenting...

Separation can leave parties wishing they never got married in the first place. Whilst a marriage cannot simply be undone, there are Court pathways to...

With border blockades back on the agenda for most states with the NSW COVID outbreak, we wanted to confirm to everyone that an exemption for travel ha...

The superannuation guarantee in Australia means that for many employed Australians, superannuation interests will accrue even where their other person...

Generally speaking, parenting Orders will remain in place and enforceable unless the parties to the Order enter into a subsequent parenting plan or fu...

When two parties separate, it is not uncommon for them to remain living under the same roof. Whilst you are not living separately and apart, this does...

Parties have the option to progress their matter to arbitration, which can expedite final resolution in a fraction of the time as if the matter had pr...

When a Parenting Order is made, each party affected by the order must comply and follow it. If a party does not attempt to comply or deliberately fail...

Whether it be a marriage or de facto relationship, determining how to distribute your property and assets after a relationship breakdown can be stress...

The earlier you seek legal advice after a separation the better. If legal proceedings are to be commenced, the more time your lawyer has to prepare fo...

Improperly registered caveats are fertile ground for litigation and costs being awarded against parties wrongly registering same. ...

Settlement options should always be explored at every step of a matter and even where a mediation does not succeed, that should not be the turning poi...

Coercive control is a form of domestic violence. Acts of intimidation, humiliation and threats to individuals are all types of coercive behaviour.&nbs...

We often see cases where the non or lesser earning spouse wants their cake and eat it too (almost makes sense). Spousal maintenance and the factors to...

No fault divorce has been “a thing” since the introduction of the Family Law Act in 1975. This means, unlike in some other count...

Facebook is not the appropriate forum to “dear diary” post about your divorce. Any post which names your former partner or identifies the ...

Only one party to the marriage needs to proceed with a divorce and there’s no requirement to “prove” fault or provide a reason for the irreconci...

No, sorry its “ours”. All property, including businesses, corporate interests and self-managed superannuation funds, whether held with oth...

Just because the legislation says the Court must first rule out an equal parenting regime, doesn’t mean it will suit all families....

Gaps in age between siblings is often an impeding factor on being able to resolve a parenting matter, as a child(ren) may not be primarily attached to...

In a recent case from the Family Court of Appeal, the Court decided that it was a joint contribution by the parties of significant land holdings being...

Not usually necessary or even recommended in family law cases, given the ramifications of lodging one and damages flowing. ...

These are largely covered in child support related matters. ...

There is no set age a parent is able to travel internationally with their child/ren and indeed the Court when considering an Application by one parent...

If a family law litigant is not “happy” with their negotiated settlement, there are limited options for them to reopen or reagitate for a “secon...

Unfortunately for some of our clients in recent months, they have been left to wait for lengthy Court delays to have their parenting matters heard. Th...

A difficult subject to broach oftentimes, however an important one for people who have children from a prior relationship or where there is a consider...

“We can sort out those details later” – famous last words spoken by several of our clients in the past. Nothing should really be lef...