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Child support and school fees – who pays?

19 January 2021

Your child’s education – who gets to decide? Some tips for separated parents

12 January 2021

Issues regarding school enrolment and getting children ready for school can often ignite disagreement and disputes between parents who are separated or divorced. Where the channels of communication have broken down, it is commonly the case that schools are called on by parents to be the facilitator or arbiter of their dispute. You should [...]

My Child hasn’t come home – Now What?

30 November 2020

As we approach the end of the school year parents with custody agreements in place will be making plans for summer holidays. What happens if the other parent fails to return your child on time? Quick steps can be taken to ensure your child is located and returned to you. Parents can seek a [...]

DNA Testing – Obtaining A Court Order

12 October 2020

The Appeal Court of the Family Court recently considered an appeal by the husband against the trial judge’s decision refusing to order DNA testing to establish parentage of a child. The facts were: The parties were married and there was one child born during the marriage. At the date of trial the child was [...]

We’ve got an amicable agreement – what do we do now?

15 September 2020

Having been told by a client that an amicable agreement has been reached for a property settlement, we sometimes find that problems arise and the "agreement" is not what it seemed. So that you are ahead of the game, here are some (not all) of the common problems; There is a broad 'understanding' between [...]

What if you don’t like a judge’s order?

17 August 2020

Every day the Family Court makes decisions in all sorts of cases.  Many people are dissatisfied with the decisions the court makes.  For those that are dissatisfied, what options do they have? After the determination of a hearing, whether it is an interim or final hearing a party may appeal the decision.  The appeal [...]

What if a parent dies before parenting arrangements are finalised?

3 August 2020

An unfortunate but sometimes real situation is when parents are in dispute in court about arrangements for their children and one of the parents dies. What happens then? It’s not what you might automatically assume. A recent court case considered such an issue.  In that case, the parents were in court disputing the parenting [...]

Treatment of a Large Inheritance in a Property Settlement – What Can Happen

22 June 2020

The court recently had to consider how to treat a large inheritance received by the wife during the relationship. In particular, the court had to consider whether those assets should be excluded and quarantined from distribution, or whether everything should be included in the pool available to distribute. The facts: The wife received an [...]

7 Common Traps of Separation

27 April 2020

Separation can often be a complicated and confusing time. Most people don’t know where to begin. If you have just separated and don’t know what to do next, here are some of the common mistakes that can be made and that you need to avoid:Going immediately to mediation – many people believe there is a [...]

Who Stays In The House?

27 April 2020

Following separation if a couple is unable to live separated ‘under the one roof’ and cannot reach agreement for one of them to leave the house, either of them can apply to the Family Court to obtain an order for exclusive occupancy. A recent case provides a useful insight into how to determine an [...]