27 Mar

Child Passports After Separation

How Can I Obtain a Passport for My Child After Separation Before obtained a child’s passport, the Passport Office requires the child’s parent or any other person with parental responsibility to provide written consent to the passport being issued. Therefore, the easiest way to obtain a passport to receive consent…

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18 Mar

Why Is My Family Law Matter Taking So Long?

Merging Family Courts and Early Senate Reports The current structure of the Family Court and Federal Circuit have led to systematic backlogs of cases, with Judges required to hear a multitude of matters on a single day. This has led many parties who have proceedings before the Court to be…

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05 Mar

Who Would Kobe Bryant’s Billions Go To If He Lived In Queensland Australia, And Died Without A Will?

If Kobe Bryant was an Australian, resided in Queensland, and died without a valid Will (“intestate”) the laws of Queensland would decide how his vast estate would be divided. Because he had a wife and children it would work like this; His spouse would receive the first $150,000 of his…

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26 Feb

Family Law Property Valuation Roulette

Property Valuation in Family Law Proceedings Commonly when two parties separate or divorce, the family home (also referred to as the matrimonial home) is typically the most valuable asset. As with most separations, one party moves out of the matrimonial home following the break down of the relationship, leaving questions…

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25 Feb

What’s Fair In Love & Law?

Determining issues at law When the Court makes a determination on property issues it takes into account the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and in particular the approach for the determination of an application under section 79 of the Family Law Act.  The principles are well established by…

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25 Feb

Divorce Application Options You Might Not Know About

What Happens If My Ex Won’t Sign the Divorce Papers? Divorce can be a very difficult time in both parties’ lives. Sometimes after the breakdown of a marriage, one party has difficulty in accepting this fact and may refuse to sign divorce papers. Other situations might involve a controlling ex-partner…

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19 Feb

Inquiry Into Family Law and Child Support

What is the joint parliamentary committee inquiry about? The Prime Minister issued a media release on 17 September 2019 announcing the Government will undertake a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the House and the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the Family Law system. The inquiry is to be led…

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11 Feb

Grandparents and Living Arrangements For Children

Grandparents' Legal Right To See Grandchildren The Family Law Act states the importance of children having a relationship with grandparents and other significant family members. Although the Act does not give Grandparents the automatic right to see their grandchildren, it does provide the right to seek Court Orders which would…

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03 Feb

Can Family Court Make An Order In Relation To An Unborn Child?

Q: Can Family Court Make An Order In Relation To An Unborn Child? A: No! The Court is powerless to make orders prior to the birth of the child. As a family lawyer, I often receive inquiries from soon to be fathers wanting to know their rights in relation to…

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30 Jan

Who Pays for Schooling and Extra Curricular Activities?

Who Is Responsible For Payment of School Fees and Extra-Curricular Activities Post Divorce? A major concern amongst parents who have children under their care is the payment and costs associated with extra-curricular activities. As sport, music, dance and other similar activities are popular with children of all ages, the costs…

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