Family Law Matters: As Unique As Fingerprints

When one hears of a family law case, there might be an immediate association with divorce, custody battles, or property disputes. The reality, however, is far more nuanced. Just as every fingerprint is unique, with whirls and patterns distinctly its own, each family law case carries its exclusive narrative, complexities, and intricacies. The Intricacies of Family Dynamics Family […]

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). […]

What are Parenting Orders and who can apply?

Things To Consider When Applying for Parenting Orders Parenting orders are orders made by the court regarding a child. The matters which may be dealt with by parenting orders include: The person/s with whom a child is to live; the time a child is to spend with another person or other persons; the allocation of […]

What is spousal maintenance?

Do I have to support my former spouse financially after we separate? Under the Family Law Act 1975, a person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse or former de facto partner, if that person cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their personal income or assets. In determining whether or not to grant an […]

What date is used to determine the Asset Pool?

The end of a relationship itself is often a challenging time, which is why in many cases and for a variety of reasons, couples who have separated may let some time pass before they take steps to finalise their property settlement. Identifying the “property pool” available for distribution between a separating couple is an important […]

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