What are my Child Support Options?

Child support payments cover reasonable living expenses of a child. For example, food, housing and accommodation, clothing, school fees and medical expenses. Child support can be formalised through a private agreement between the parties. This can come in the form of a Binding Child Support Agreement, or a Limited Child Support Agreement. Binding Child Support […]

What is a Family Report?

Understanding Family Report in Australia A Family Report is a report prepared by a Family Consultant which can be court appointed or privately funded. Family Consultants are generally experienced and qualified psychologists or social workers who work with families and children. The Role of Family Consultant The Family Consultant will conduct interviews with each parent, […]

Can My Ex-Partner Limit Access To My Child?

The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) states that the court must have regard for what is in the best interest of the child, which entails the child being protected from harm, and the child having a meaningful relationship with both parents. Limiting contact between a parent and a child Limiting the other parent’s access to […]

What is spousal maintenance and are you eligible?

What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal maintenance is separate from child support and is a payment made to financially support a former partner after divorce or separation. It assists the receiving spouse to meet reasonable expenses and maintain his or her standard of living, be it temporarily or permanently. It is not mandatory in Australia and is […]

Contravention Of Parenting Orders

An order made by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia is legally enforceable. Parties bound by the order must comply with the order and take reasonable steps to do so. What is a contravention? A person is taken to have contravened the order if the person is bound by the order and has […]

What you need to know about the Airport Watchlist

In some circumstances, a parent who holds concerns about a child’s travel can apply for a child to be listed on the Family Law Watchlist, formerly known as the Airport Watchlist. What is a Family Law Watchlist? It is a system used by the Australian Federal Police to monitor children who are prohibited by Court […]

Comprehensive Guide To Child Support In Australia

Separation or divorce with a child always comes with a concern about child support and the struggle to find good lawyers for child support cases. Child support lawyers must consider multiple factors in Australia while working on child support cases. With this article, we, The Family Lawyer, are providing you with a concise guide to […]

Guide For Choosing The Best Family Lawyer In Melbourne

Any time you’re dealing with family law issues, such as divorce, you’ll need a lawyer, and when it comes to family, you want the best lawyer on your side. The lawyer you choose can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. But how do you choose the best family lawyer in Melbourne? […]

Becoming A Legal Guardian in Melbourne: State-Based Legislation Guidelines

For many parents, thinking about passing away and leaving their children alone is an overwhelming thought. While appointing a guardian in your Will informs those left behind of your wishes, it might not be a binding appointment. If you want to become a legal guardian in Victoria, Australia, there are specific steps you need to […]

Can My Spouse Refuse To Obtain A Divorce?

A divorce exclusively refers to the ending of the marriage agreement and does not cover division of finances, property settlement, or children’s arrangements. How do I get a divorce? The parties apply for a divorce by making an application to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. In order to make an application, the […]

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