Family Law News

When is Adult Child Support Appropriate?
14 August 2018|

The law states that separated parents have a legal obligation to provide financially for their children. The Child Support Agency regulates this until the child is 18 years old – but what happens after that? Is it possible [...]

The Importance of Filing your Tax Return
6 August 2018|

Part of the calculation of a child support assessment is based on the latest income data the CSA can get from the ATO. The best information is the newest information. If you don’t lodge your [...]

Does Drug Testing Happen in Family Law Cases?
6 August 2018|

Sometimes in parenting matters allegations of drug and alcohol use are made by one parent against the other parent. The best way to either “prove” or “defend” such allegations is to have the parent undergo [...]

What Happens in a Defacto Property Settlement?
6 August 2018|

Are you in a defacto relationship? Have you separated and not sure how property should be divided? It's important to get Family Law advice early, but here are some of the basics you need to [...]

Can I Record An Access Changeover?
6 August 2018|

Looking for evidence? Tempted to press "record" during an access changeover? Before you do, be aware that there is a risk that you may not only be prevented from using the photos or video as [...]

New Infosheets
6 August 2018|

We have just released new infosheets. The first (3) easy-to-understand visual guides are on parenting, resolution pathway and spouse maintenance. The infosheets simplify Family Law jargon and are handy to refer to. Find the info [...]

Can I Move with my Children?
31 July 2018|

Relocation is the term used by the court where one parent is wanting to move a child’s living arrangements a significant geographical distance from the other parent. It is considered one of the most difficult [...]

What about Children’s Wishes?
17 July 2018|

For separated parents, trying to sort out what time the children will spend with each parent is not easy. The Family Law Act says that the foremost consideration when making such a decision is what [...]

What is a Section 60I Certificate?
10 July 2018|

The Family Law Act requires that parents that are not in agreement about their child’s parenting arrangements must attend mediation and obtain a Certificate of Attendance (Section 60I Certificate) before an Application for a parenting Order, can [...]

NEWS: Government Announces Changes to the Family Court
25 June 2018|

There has been a lot of news articles and media excitement of late regarding the Federal Governments recently proposing changes to the Family Law Courts. So, what is actually going on? On 30 May, the [...]

Can I Stop Access if Child Support Isn’t Paid?
25 June 2018|

When it comes to child support and child contact beware of making emotionally driven decisions or following bad second-hand advice. Two of the classic traps for parents that have separated are: Thinking that child support [...]

Who has to Attend Mediation?
25 June 2018|

Mediation is an alternative to having a court decide the outcome in your matter. A mediator’s role in Family Law matters is to assist a separated couple to sort through the issues and try and [...]

What is the Family Law Watchlist?
25 June 2018|

Separation can be a difficult time and reaching an agreement can often be complicated, especially when it involves children. A common situation where disputes arise is where one parent wishes to take a child overseas for a holiday. [...]

When does the Payment of Child Support End?
19 June 2018|

A common question we get asked is “when do I stop the payment of child support?” Before answering that, let’s get a clear picture regarding the financial support for children. There are 2 potential processes [...]

How is Property Divided in a Short Marriage?
7 June 2018|

The shorter the length of a marriage, the closer the examination of the parties’ relevant ‘financial contributions’ in a property settlement will be, particularly if there are no children involved. The court will specifically look [...]

What if a Child Doesn’t Want to see the Other Parent?
29 May 2018|

What do you do when a child does not want to spend time with the other parent? It's a common question and the answer is never easy but here are some practical tips: The strict [...]

The New Child Care Package
29 May 2018|

On 2 July 2018 the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) comes into effect which will replace the current Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). These changes will have a big impact for [...]

Can you Change the Locks on the House?
29 May 2018|

If you are an owner or co-owner of a home, it may be very sensible for you to change the locks on the home if your partner has already moved out and you do not [...]

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