Federal Circuit and Family Court Merger

18 Oct
2021

Federal Circuit and Family Court Merger

On 1 September 2021 the Family Court of Australia merged with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The new Court referred to as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has a primary aim to finalise 90% of property or parenting matters by way of providing a final judgment…

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11 Oct
2021

Limited or Binding Child Support Agreement – Which Should You Choose?

Binding Child Support Agreement or Limited Child Support Agreement? When parents reach an agreement in relation to child support, there are two options available to formalise that agreement.  Those two options are: A Binding Child Support Agreement; and A Limited Child Support Agreement.  What is the Binding Child Support Agreement?…

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04 Oct
2021

Changing Your Child’s Name

Are you considering changing your child’s name?  For children born or adopted in Queensland, parents may change their child’s first name once before the child turns one (1) and parents may change their child’s family name no more than once every twelve (12) months.  Both parents must consent to the…

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27 Sep
2021

Is it OK for me to withhold my children from my Ex?

The most important thing to remember as any parent, and just as much so in separated families, is that you must be proactive and protective should your children face a serious or significant threat. You must protect them from any real potential harm regardless of whether there is a parenting…

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06 Sep
2021

Drug Testing Parents in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

In parenting proceedings, parties are required to complete a Court form titled Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk which discloses any allegations the parent may have against the other party which places children at risk.  If a party alleges there is a drug or substance abuse problem on…

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30 Aug
2021

Was Imprisonment Fair Punishment For Breach of a Family Court Order

Punishment For Breach of a Family Court Order In a recent decision of the Family Court, it was ordered that a mother serve an immediate term of imprisonment of 14 days and further that she be subject to a further term of imprisonment of 14 days which will be fully…

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23 Aug
2021

Different Rules You Should Know About Surrogacy Laws in Australia

Every day the number of children born via surrogacy arrangements in Australia and overseas is increasing significantly. By definition, surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive technology whereby a surrogate mother offers to carry a baby through pregnancy on behalf of another person or couple (who medically or socially are…

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17 Aug
2021

How Britney Spears Is Taking Control & Gaining Capacity Without Being Toxic?

Britney Spears is making international headlines yet again, but this time there’s no new album being released or a shot gun Las Vegas wedding. Ms Spears actively continues to strongly oppose the conservatorship which granted her Father control over her finances, financial and personal decisions that has been in place…

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02 Aug
2021

Objection to vaccination of children Family Court jurisdiction

Children Family Court Jurisdiction: In a recent decision in the Family Court found that it was very regrettably that the mother did not support the child being vaccinated.  The Court considered that her opposition to the child being vaccinated, as the child’s principal carer, would likely complicate the process and…

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19 Jul
2021

Covid-19 and Family Law

Covid-19 and Family Court of Australia With Melbourne currently in the midst of yet another lockdown as a result of the recent spread of Coronavirus, it’s important to know that the Courts remain up and running throughout this period.  Did you know that there is a special dedicated COVID-19 Court…

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