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Downside to representing yourself

14 June 2021

Family law is a complicated and foreign place for most people, however many people choose to or must represent themselves in relation to family law matters. It probably doesn’t need stating, but there are inherent challenges with being self-represented in court proceedings and this was highlighted in a recent court case that showed the [...]

The nightmare of rosters

19 April 2021

The first legal ‘consideration’ that needs to be made when determining children’s care arrangements is whether an ‘equal time’ order is ‘reasonably practical’ and in the child's ‘best interest’.  What is ‘reasonably practicable’ becomes very difficult when rosters are involved. A recent case has considered just such a situation, when a parent has significant [...]

To succeed with a contravention – get the detail right

5 April 2021

The Family Court recently heard an appeal against a contravention application where the trial judge found that the contraventions had been established. The trial judge found that 4 contraventions were made out and ordered that the mother enter into a bond for 18 months. On appeal, the court examined the evidence that was before [...]

Parenting arrangements for children’s Easter school holidays

22 March 2021

Spouse Maintenance – How Much and How Long?

22 March 2021

In a recent property settlement case, the court considered an application by the wife for spouse maintenance. The couple had been together for 16 years. The wife sought payment from the husband in the amount of $600 per week, to continue indefinitely. The husband proposed to pay the wife $500 per week for a period [...]

Breach of a DV Order – What is an “emergency”?

8 March 2021

Often in family law matters regarding children, particularly where domestic violence is a factor, a court will make orders that a parent not be allowed to contact the other parent except in the event of an emergency. The court recently considered the definition of “emergency” in this context. The mother had a protection order [...]

Quick Tips on Child Support Agreements

22 February 2021

If you have separated and have children and the suggestion of a Child Support Agreement has come up, it is important that you think carefully about what to do. Here are some quick tips: What is a child support agreement? A child support agreement is a written agreement between parents on the amount of [...]

How To Get Custody of a Child

9 February 2021

Just separated? Experiencing difficulties with parenting arrangements? It is important you get advice about what will happen with custody of your children. There are a lot of myths regarding people wanting full custody of their children. Let's correct some of them. The legal process Every family is different and there are no standard or [...]

7 Common Traps of Separation

1 February 2021

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 [...]

Child support and school fees – who pays?

19 January 2021