Child Custody and International Law

01 Oct

Child Custody and International Law

One of the biggest issues facing Multi-national Australian families is parenting arrangements and custody of children. The 2011 Census suggests nearly half of the Australian population has one parent who was born in another country. As Australia has one of the highest intermarriage rates and divorces in the world, this…

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23 Sep

Child Views in Parenting Arrangements

How the Child’s View Affects Custody Disputes Before imposing an order, the Court will always consider what parenting arrangements are in the best interests of the child. In determining the best interests of the child, any views expressed by the child will be taken into consideration. During this process, the…

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23 Apr

Mental Health Conditions and Parenting Arrangements

How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect Family Law Proceedings? If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, this can impact both child welfare/parenting arrangements in addition to property disputes. However, a mental health condition does affect or have relevance to divorce proceedings (provided there is no children of…

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10 Apr

Retaining A Meaningful Relationship with Both Parents

Last year a Court dispute between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie resulted with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County imposing an order for the five children to spend more time with their father. When providing reasons for the judgment, the Court provided “it is critical that each child have…

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03 Apr

Sperm, Genetic Donors and Family Law

Sperm Donors and Family Law Although sperm donations have historically been subject to anonymity in Australia, recent legislative reform and case law suggest a definitive movement towards inclusion within Family Law and Parental Responsibility. In all states and territories of Australia, donating sperm anonymously is now banned through legislation or…

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18 Mar

Do you need information about the Family Law Courts in Brisbane?

Important information and contact details about the Family Law Courts in Brisbane Call the National Enquiry Centre on 1300 352 000* The Family Law Courts’ National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email inquiries about Family Law Court matters in the Family Court of Australia and…

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06 Feb

Adoption Law in Queensland

The term ‘adoption’ refers to the process of transferal of legal rights and responsibilities of parenthood from one set of parents to another. This includes both the process of adopting a child into a family and, those parents who wish to place their existing child into adoption for various reasons.…

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30 Jan

How Can I Obtain a Passport for My Child After Separation

Before obtaining approval for a child’s passport, the Passport Office requires the child’s parent and/or any other person with parental responsibility to provide written consent for the passport being issued. Therefore, the easiest way to obtain a passport it to receive consent from the other parent. However, this will not…

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14 Aug

How To Help Your Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Do it for the kids. Separation and divorce are tough on everybody involved, and it can be even harder on children. While adults are often struggling to understand what went wrong, the kids often have no idea why their beloved parents are separating and no longer want to live together.…

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31 Jul

Are Surrogacy Arrangements Legal In Queensland?

Prior to the 1st of June, 2010, surrogacy arrangements were illegal in Queensland. Since that date the laws have changed, leaving couples who can’t conceive free to source a willing surrogate mother to carry their child full term. However, there is one key condition. The surrogate mother cannot receive payment…

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