Family Law Amendment Act 2023: New obligations for Independent Children’s Lawyers

The Family Law Amendment Act of 2023 introduces new obligations for Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICLs) in parenting matters, aiming to represent the child’s best interests and provide an independent viewpoint regarding their optimal parenting arrangements. Key provisions under the amendments now mandate that an ICL must personally meet with the child or children they represent, […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Parenting Matters

How the courts deal with vaccinations generally When parents separate, issues regarding the ongoing care and welfare of the children will often arise and with the release of the new COVID-19 vaccines, the immunisation of children is slowly becoming a big issue. As vaccination is considered a long-term decision, it falls under the categories of […]

All about the Genuine Steps Certificate

All about the Genuine Steps Certificate As of 1 September 2021, The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have merged to become the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA). Read more about the family law changes. The merge has introduced several changes when initiating applications for parenting and financial […]

What do the recent changes in family law mean for families?

What changed: As of 1 September 2021, The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will merge to become the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA). The recent merger has brought about some changes for new applications for parenting, property and child support. The merger has had a focus […]

Separation where Children are involved

Tending to your own needs after separation You may be going through a whole range of emotions like grief, sorrow, guilt, loneliness, anger, relief, or even feeling rejected. It is okay to feel these emotions as everyone processes their feelings differently and at different rates. The emotions you are experiencing at this moment may come […]

What is Adult Child Maintenance?

As a parent, you are able to seek an order for adult child maintenance if you can show the court that the maintenance is necessary to enable a child to complete her education, or if the child is disabled. The child does not have to already be 18 for you to seek this order; you […]

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

Where the court feels that the child’s interests should be independently represented, they may order for an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) to be appointed. An ICL is usually appointed by the court upon application by one of the parties where one or more of the following circumstances exist: there are allegations of abuse or neglect […]

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