The Family Court’s Attitude To Bullying..How Does The Court Assess The Best Interest Of The Child?

The Federal Circuit Court has recently considered the application of the mother of a young child in Year 6, to change her school in order to protect her from bullying.  This application was made despite the child having attended that school since Kindergarten. The mother’s proposal was, in order for the child to be protected …

Costs Orders In Family Law Matters

When making a costs order in Family Law matters, a Judge of either the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court of Australia, hearing the cost application will exercise his or her discretion. When making a costs order in Family Law matters, a Judge of either the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court of Australia, hearing the cost application will exercise his or her discretion. The Family Law …

Pitfalls In Binding Child Support Agreements

In our earlier article we spoke of Binding Child Support Agreements and how they can override or substitute an assessment from the Child Support Agency.  However, these agreements are not as ironclad as they appear and you should be aware of the possible pitfalls often associated with these agreements. Firstly, Family Tax Benefits are a …

Urgent Recovery Orders: Child Not Returned

Urgent Recovery Orders are powerful orders which are used when a parent does not return a child. Often our clients’ worst nightmare is when children are not returned to their home by the other parent. This can take the form of the other parent simply deciding to keep the children or in some cases can …

Custody Of Children – How The Court Determines Parenting Matters – Step 1 – Best Interests

Who gets custody of children is a question often asked of our Family Lawyers.  In working through who makes decisions about the children, where the children live and how much time they spend with the other parent and or other persons the Court has long abandoned the terms “Custody” and “Parental Rights”.  The child has …

Grandparents Rights To Contact With Grandchildren

Grandparents rights to have contact with grandchildren? The Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) makes provision for a parenting order in relation to the child to be made in favour of a parent of the child or “some other person”. The Act is specific with respect to who can apply for a parenting order in …

How The Court Determines Parenting Matters – Step 2 Parental Responsibility

Who gets “Custody” and how “Parental Responsibility” is determined of a child is a question often asked of our Family Lawyers. In working through who makes decisions about the child, where the child lives and how much time they spend with the other parent or other persons the Court has long abandoned the terms “Custody” …

How The Court Determines Parenting Matters – Step 3 – Time Arrangements

Who gets “Custody” of a child is a question often asked of our Family Lawyers.  In working through who makes decisions about the child, where the child lives and how much time they spend with the other parent or other persons the Court has long abandoned the terms “Custody” and “Parental Rights”. The child has …

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