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19
MAR
2023

Child-focused FDR and Child-inclusive FDR

FDR is a kind of mediation that helps families who are separating to come to their own agreements in relation to the care of their children. During FDR, families will talk about the problems with respect to their children and will be encouraged to think about different options...
19
MAR
2023

Considerations for Parenting Orders

This guide provides an introduction to family law parenting orders in Australia. Parenting orders refer to the legal process of obtaining orders from the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (“the Court”) to determine arrangements for children, including living...
14
MAR
2023

Applying for a Binding Financial Agreement

If you want to have more control over your finances during a relationship or in case of a breakdown, a binding financial agreement (BFA) may be worth considering. Commonly known as a “prenup,” this legal document can change the standard process for dividing property...
14
MAR
2023

Family law proceedings in circuit locations

The legal community in New South Wales is celebrating the introduction of new family law procedures in 2023. Starting in January 2023, individuals seeking to initiate family law proceedings in circuit locations will be able to select their initial return dates. This can be...
08
JUN
2018

The Family Court and The Federal Circuit Court Merger.

The Attorney-General Christian Porter has announced that the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will be merging together in 2019 to form a new court; The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA). This is part of a larger review of the Courts’ system and the...
23
FEB
2015

Recovery Orders

In certain circumstances where the other parent of your child withholds your child from you, it may be necessary to seek an urgent “recovery order” from the Court.  A recovery order is an order which requires that a child be returned to the appropriate person/s. A court may make...
01
MAY
2014

Am I entitled to support after my separation?

In Australia it is usually the case that spouses are expected to support themselves after separation. However there are exceptions. In some circumstances a party can claim maintenance from the other party. This is known as spousal maintenance. It is important to understand that...
01
MAY
2014

When can I apply for divorce?

In Australia there is one ground for divorce; irretrievable break down of marriage. This is evidenced by one year’s separation. In the ordinary course of things, you can apply for divorce after one year’s separation. However, the Court will not make a divorce order if...
01
MAY
2014

When will waste of assets be taken into account in a property settlement?

It is usually the case that money lost and liabilities incurred during a relationship are shared by the parties. If money was lost while pursuing income or attempting to gain assets for the benefit of the parties, the losses are likely to be shared. The behaviour of the parties...
01
MAY
2014

Parenting Plans or Consent Orders – which option should I choose?

In the event that you and the other parent of your children reach an agreement about parenting your children after separation, you may wish to consider entering into a Parenting Plan or Consent Orders. Many parents reach agreement regarding the parenting of their children without...
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