Giving Evidence During The Covid 19 Crisis

With the current Covid 19 Crisis, the Family Court and Federal Court of Australia are now moving to conducting necessary hearings by video link. The following information has has been issued by the Courts to assist in this unusual situation – Guidance For Attendance Of A Witness At A Court Hearing By Video Link To …

Separation – Simple Step By Step Guide

So You’ve Decided To Separate. What Happens Now – Firstly, the decision to separate from a spouse is a huge decision and should not be made lightly.  However, once the decision is made, we would suggest the first steps to take are – Communicate your intention to separate with your spouse; Note down the date …

What Are Family Law Agreements?

What is a Pre-nuptial Agreement? These Agreements are for people intending to enter into either a marriage or a defacto relationship but the Agreement must be completed and signed before the marriage or cohabitation commences. A Prenuptial Agreement is one form of Binding Financial Agreement that binds both parties to certain obligations in the future …

Good communication essential for equal shared care?

A new appeals case relating to parenting has thrown some doubt on the importance of communication between parents when considering an equal care arrangement. An equal shared care arrangement is where the children spend equal time with each parent usually on a week about basis. Courts are required to consider whether equal time is in …

Tattooed Mother Ordered Not To Breastfeed!

In an extraordinary case in Newcastle a mother of an 11 month old baby was restrained from breastfeeding the children because her recent tattoo put the child at unnecessary risk of contracting HIV. The Judge also ordered that the child spend from 9am to 3pm Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the father. The mother …

Christmas And Children For Divorced Couples

Christmas And Children For Divorced Couples. Family Lawyers usually see an upswing in disagreements between parents if they have no arrangements in place for the children for the holiday season.  In an ideal world, parents should decide together with the children’s best interests at heart. The most common arrangement we see is the alternate arrangement …

Divorce And Time Limits

In Family Law Divorce, Division of Property and Childcare Arrangments are all treated separately. It is important to be informed about Divorce and time limits. You cannot file for Divorce until at least 12 months after separation.  You do not have to be physically separated in different homes but you will have to file an …

Think Of The Children After Separation!

Actress, Mary-Louise Parker who starred in the television series Weeds has written a book on past men in her life without name them.  The interesting part is that after on particular break up when she was pregnant and after the child was born she refused to say negative things about the father Billy Drudup.  In …

Can I Travel Overseas With Children If We Are In Court?

The answer to this is no, unless you have the written permission from the other parent.  If you are already in the Court System in either the Federal Circuit Court of the Family Court in relation to the children you cannot travel overseas without permission.  The Family Law Act is quite clear about this.  There …

How Does An Inheritance Affect A Property Settlement After We Separate?

Inheritance are treated as a financial contribution by the person who receives it.  It also depends on when the inheritance was received and what it was spent on. If it was late in the relationship or after separation then some Judges have segregated the money from the other assets if there are enough other assets …

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