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  • A common question we receive from our clients, especially in cases involving domestic and family violence, is “Am I allowed to move?” This is a very tricky question to answer. We need to consider that the Court is concerned with what is in the best interests of the child and when making a decision about […]

  • Where there parenting matters that are in dispute and there are proceedings before the Court, a Court can issue an Order obligating the parties and the children to attend an appointment held by a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker for the purpose of obtaining a family report.   The reason a family report is prepared […]

  • Separation can be one of the most stressful and emotional times in a person’s life, particularly when there are children involved. In order to make the separation process a bit easier, we have compiled a list of practical steps to take when you are trying to sort out parenting arrangements with your ex-partner. Try and […]

  • For separating parents, trying to sort out what time the children will spend with each parent or where they may live is not always easy. The Family Law Act states that the most important consideration when making such a decision is what is in the child’s ‘best interests’. In the event parents can’t agree on […]

  • Some exciting news was delivered in late September this year when the Attorney-General of Australia announced that over the next two years, there will be the first ever major review of the Family Law Act and the Family Law system more broadly. This announcement is long overdue and has been welcomed by the legal profession […]

  • The issue of travelling overseas with a child can become a major problem for separated parents, especially when one parent does not provide their consent for overseas travel, or refuses to sign a Passport Application.In the absence of Court Orders, either parent is technically able to travel with their child wherever they want. If there […]

  • It is not uncommon for people to refer to their pets (sometimes called ‘fur-babies’) as children. Many couples, especially those without children, view themselves as their pets’ parents. In many ways this is logical… similarly to children, pets require care and supervision – we send them off to puppy pre-school and pet-sitters. It may then […]

  • In today’s society the concept of ‘nuclear family’ is almost foreign; in fact most families are closer to that depicted in the popular sitcom ‘Modern Family’. This has caused the law to adapt to cases outside the traditional family. In a recent case Justice Dessau stated: ‘This Court deals with a full spectrum of families: […]

  • Venting on Facebook… We’ve all done it, right? After separation is not the time to turn to Facebook to vent your frustrations – it can result in terrible consequences. It is not unusual for Affidavits filed in Family Law proceedings to have pages worth of Facebook posts annexed to them to be included as evidence. […]

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    The build up towards Christmas is warranted.  It is a time for families and friends to relax, exchange gifts, share meals and generally enjoy each other’s company, not to mention eat, drink and be merry. It’s about putting the year behind you and toasting to a new year. Unfortunately, however, happy scenes are not played […]

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