27 Apr

Enacting Recovery Orders To Bring Back Your Kids

What Happens if a Party Does Not Return the Child? If you are concerned that your child may not be returned to your care after spending time with the other parent, there are some simple things you can do to try and avoid this situation, or, make it easier for…

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03 Apr

The Stress Of Preparing For A Family Report

It is inevitable that if parents who institute proceedings in the family court involving their children, will if the parenting issues relating to the children are not resolved, be required to attend a conference and consult with initially a family consultant attached to the court, and if the matter proceeds…

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27 Mar

Child Passports After Separation

How Can I Obtain a Passport for My Child After Separation Before obtained a child’s passport, the Passport Office requires the child’s parent or any other person with parental responsibility to provide written consent to the passport being issued. Therefore, the easiest way to obtain a passport to receive consent…

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19 Feb

Inquiry Into Family Law and Child Support

What is the joint parliamentary committee inquiry about? The Prime Minister issued a media release on 17 September 2019 announcing the Government will undertake a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the House and the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the Family Law system. The inquiry is to be led…

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11 Feb

Grandparents and Living Arrangements For Children

Grandparents' Legal Right To See Grandchildren The Family Law Act states the importance of children having a relationship with grandparents and other significant family members. Although the Act does not give Grandparents the automatic right to see their grandchildren, it does provide the right to seek Court Orders which would…

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03 Feb

Can Family Court Make An Order In Relation To An Unborn Child?

Q: Can Family Court Make An Order In Relation To An Unborn Child? A: No! The Court is powerless to make orders prior to the birth of the child. As a family lawyer, I often receive inquiries from soon to be fathers wanting to know their rights in relation to…

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30 Jan

Who Pays for Schooling and Extra Curricular Activities?

Who Is Responsible For Payment of School Fees and Extra-Curricular Activities Post Divorce? A major concern amongst parents who have children under their care is the payment and costs associated with extra-curricular activities. As sport, music, dance and other similar activities are popular with children of all ages, the costs…

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25 Nov

Do Children Decide Which Parent They Live With

When determining the living arrangement for children post separation, parents often wonder at what age can child decide who to live with themselves. It is important to understand there is no one standard age which must be met. The reality of this question is that each case is different. No…

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01 Oct

Child Custody and International Law

One of the biggest issues facing Multi-national Australian families is parenting arrangements and custody of children. The 2011 Census suggests nearly half of the Australian population has one parent who was born in another country. As Australia has one of the highest intermarriage rates and divorces in the world, this…

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23 Sep

Child Views in Parenting Arrangements

How the Child’s View Affects Custody Disputes Before imposing an order, the Court will always consider what parenting arrangements are in the best interests of the child. In determining the best interests of the child, any views expressed by the child will be taken into consideration. During this process, the…

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