Changes to the Family Law Courts

Before 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia were two separate courts dealing with Family Law matters. The two courts had long delays from time of issuing a case to the final hearing. There was sometimes a confusing distinction between the courts which meant matters could be transferred […]

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 […]

What to do before you apply for Parenting Orders

How do I apply for parenting orders? Did you know there are certain things you need to do before applying for parenting orders? These are referred to as pre-action procedures. The pre-action procedure applies to: anyone considering starting a case anyone named as a respondent if a case is started, and their lawyers (if any). […]

Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIO)

What is a Family Violence Intervention Order? A Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) is a court order designed to protect a person by placing limits on the behaviour of another person. An individual or the police (on someone’s behalf) can make an application to the Magistrates’ Court for this against a family member. What is […]

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 […]

Are overseas assets included in Australian property settlements?

Overseas assets in Australian property settlement In our increasingly globalised society, relationships between people from different countries are more common than ever before. When these relationships break down there will often be issues regarding the parties’ assets will be dealt with particularly where those assets are in different countries. The Family Courts of Australia and […]

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